The Body in Religion: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

The Body in Religion: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

by Yudit Kornberg Greenberg

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The Body in Religion: Cross-Cultural Perspectives by Yudit Kornberg Greenberg

The Body in Religion: Cross-Cultural Perspectives surveys influential ways in which the body is imagined and deployed in religious practices and beliefs across the globe. Filling the gap for an up-to-date and comparative approach to theories and practices of the body in religion, this book explores the cultural influences on embodiment and their implications for religious institutions and spirituality. Examples are drawn from religions such as Jainism, Confucianism, Daoism, Shintoism, Paganism, Aboriginal, African, and Native American religions, in addition to the five major religions of the world.

Topics covered include:

- Gender and sexuality
- Female modesty and dress codes
- Circumcision and menstruation rituals
- God language and erotic desire
- Death, dying, and burial rites
- Disciplining the body through prayer, yoga, and meditation
- Feasting and fasting rituals

Illustrated throughout with over 60 images, The Body in Religion is designed for course use in religious studies as well as interdisciplinary courses across the humanities and the social sciences. Further online resources include a sample syllabus.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472595034
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 12/14/2017
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 713,408
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Yudit Kornberg Greenberg is the Cornell Endowed Chair of Religion and Director of the Jewish Studies Program at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, USA. Her publications include works in modern Jewish philosophy as well as the 2 volume Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface and Introduction
Part One: Representing the Divine and the Human Body, Introduction
1. Representation of the Body in Creation Myths
2. Representation of the Divine in Text and Art
3. Erotic Desire and Divine Love
Part Two: Celebrating and Sustaining the Body, Introduction
4. Body in Religious Ritual
5. Food: Laws and Practices
6. Sustaining the Body: Breath, Harmony, Health and Healing
Part Three: Disciplining the Body, Introduction
7. Purity and Pollution
8. Gender and Sexuality
9. Marriage and Reproduction
Part Four: Modifying, Liberating, and Honoring the Body, Introduction
10. Marking and Modifying the Body
11. Asceticism: Spiritual Technologies of Detachment
12. Death and the Afterlife
Bibliography
Web references
Index

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