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Books as Bodies and as Sacred Beings

  • By Yohan Yoo, James W. Watts
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Human cultures, especially religious groups but also secular artists and performers, often ritualize bodies as sacred books and books as divine beings. An international team of scholars addresses this theme of books as sacred beings in this volume through an impressively diverse range of primary material and perspectives. These studies show the wide variety of ways in which books, bodies, and beings intermingle in material sacred texts manipulated by human bodies, and also in literary and artistic depictions of transcendent textual bodies. The boundary between material immanence and spiritual transcendence turns out to be very thin indeed when people use books. The chapters on specific book practices in different cultures are bracketed by an introduction to the collection and by a concluding essay that extrapolates on the widespread theme of books as sacred beings.

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    • SKU: 9781781798843
    • Author: James W. Watts
    • Author: Yohan Yoo
    • ISBN 13: 9781781798843
    • Publication Date: 10/04/2021
    • Format: Hardcover

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