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The Sacred Gaze

The Sacred Gaze
  • Author : David Morgan
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  • Release Date :2005-05-31
  • Total pages :333
  • ISBN : 0520938305
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Summary : "Sacred gaze" denotes any way of seeing that invests its object—an image, a person, a time, a place—with spiritual significance. Drawing from many different fields, David Morgan investigates key aspects of vision and imagery in a variety of religious traditions. His lively, innovative book explores how viewers absorb and process religious imagery and how their experience contributes to the social, intellectual, and perceptual construction of reality. Ranging widely from thirteenth-century Japan and eighteenth-century Tibet to contemporary America, Thailand, and Africa, The Sacred Gaze discusses the religious functions of images and the tools viewers use to interpret them. Morgan questions how fear and disgust of images relate to one another and explains how scholars study the long and evolving histories of images as they pass from culture to culture. An intriguing strand of the narrative details how images have helped to shape popular conceptions of gender and masculinity. The opening chapter considers definitions of "visual culture" and how these relate to the traditional practice of art history. Amply illustrated with more than seventy images from diverse religious traditions, this masterful interdisciplinary study provides a comprehensive and accessible resource for everyone interested in how religious images and visual practice order space and time, communicate with the transcendent, and embody forms of communion with the divine. The Sacred Gaze is a vital introduction to the study of the visual culture of religions.

The Sacred Gaze

The Sacred Gaze
  • Author : David Morgan
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  • Release Date :2005-05-31
  • Total pages :318
  • ISBN : 0520243064
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Summary : David Morgan investigates the key aspects of vision & imagery in a variety of religious traditions, including the functions of religious images & the tools that viewers use to interpret them.

The Sacred Gaze

The Sacred Gaze
  • Author : Susan R. Pitchford
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  • Release Date :2014-04-07
  • Total pages :180
  • ISBN : 0814635938
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Summary : Eight hundred years ago, Clare of Assisi advised a correspondent to gaze into the mirror of the crucified Christ and study her own face within it. A hundred years ago, sociologist Charles Horton Cooley said we can know our self only as it is reflected to us by others. Contemplation is the choice to find our reflection in the divine Mirror. In The Sacred Gaze, Susan Pitchford explores how a false self is created by distortions in the mirrors around us. Drawing from the mystical and sociological traditions, and with practical suggestions for how to begin, Pitchford shows how gazing into the face of Christ can reveal to us who we really are. When the true self is known, and known as God’s beloved, the way is opened to radical freedom and joy.

The Dark Gaze

The Dark Gaze
  • Author : Kevin Hart
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  • Release Date :2004-11-30
  • Total pages :301
  • ISBN : 0226318117
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Summary : Maurice Blanchot is among the most important twentieth-century French thinkers. Figures such as Bataille, Deleuze, Derrida, and Levinas all draw deeply on his novels and writings on literature and philosophy. In The Dark Gaze, Kevin Hart argues that Blanchot has given us the most persuasive account of what we must give up—whether it be continuity, selfhood, absolute truth, totality, or unity—if God is, indeed, dead. Looking at Blanchot’s oeuvre as a whole, Hart shows that this erstwhile atheist paradoxically had an abiding fascination with mystical experiences and the notion of the sacred. The result is not a mere introduction to Blanchot but rather a profound reconsideration of how his work figures theologically in some of the major currents of twentieth-century thought. Hart reveals Blanchot to be a thinker devoted to the possibilities of a spiritual life; an atheist who knew both the Old and New Testaments, especially the Hebrew Bible; and a philosopher keenly interested in the relation between art and religion, the nature of mystical experience, the link between writing and the sacred, and the possibilities of leading an ethical life in the absence of God.

Religion and Material Culture

Religion and Material Culture
  • Author : David Morgan
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  • Release Date :2010
  • Total pages :304
  • ISBN : 9780415481168
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Summary : Religious belief is rooted in and sustained by material practice, and this book provides an extraordinary insight into how it works on the ground. David Morgan has brought together a lively group of writers from religious studies, anthropology, history of art, and other disciplines, to investigate belief in everyday practices; in the objects, images, and spaces of religious devotion and in the sensations and feelings that are the medium of experience. By avoiding mind/body dualism, the study of religion can break new ground by examining embodiment, sensation, space, and performance. Materializing belief means taking a close look at what people do, how they feel, the objects they exchange and display, and the spaces in which they perform whether spontaneously or with scripted ceremony. Contributions to the volume examine religions around the world--from Korea and Brazil to North America, Europe, and Africa. Belief is explored in a wealth of contexts, including Tibetan Buddhism, the hajj, American suburbia and the world of dreams, visions and UFOs.

Visual Piety

Visual Piety
  • Author : David Morgan
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  • Release Date :1999-09-25
  • Total pages :265
  • ISBN : 0520219325
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Summary : This superb collection of essays challenges the growing tension about religion and the arts by dissecting the intriguing ways religion and the arts have inte frsected in a long, vivid, necessary, and largely positive relationship from the early nineteenth century to the end of the twentieth century. The essays here are unusually strong, sophisticated, mature, and insightful. They are remarkably readable, not merely for art historians but for a broadly interested and intelligent audience. The result is a truly fascinating collection whose essays touch on a wide range of important and fascinating topics in the two-hundred year experience of both American art and American religion. —Jon Butler, Yale University, author of Awash in a Sea of Faith: Christianizing the American People and Religion in American History: A Reader.

The Embodied Eye

The Embodied Eye
  • Author : David Morgan
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  • Release Date :2012-02-01
  • Total pages :258
  • ISBN : 0520272226
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Summary : "Exploring a dazzling variety of religious imagery, David Morgan shows how vision functions as an active, physical process, embedded in bodily experience and profoundly shaped by social practice. Morgan's bold, thoughtful interpretations will fascinate art historians and students of visual culture as well as historians of religion.” -Pepe Karmel, Department of Art History, New York University "The Embodied Eye is an important and truly groundbreaking book. It represents a substantive and quite fascinating extension of David Morgan's previous work- especially as it impressively shows us how 'seeing' is the primary medium of social life, and materially integrates the body of the individual and the body of the group. Morgan is unquestionably the pioneering theorist in the whole emergent field of Visual and Culture Studies as it relates to religion and art." -Norman Girardot, University Distinguished Professor, Lehigh University “Under David Morgan’s inspiring guidance, readers are taken on a dazzling journey through religious images that mediate worlds of faith. Embedding vision in the body, this book stands out with its thought-provoking approach to religious media as material and embodied interfaces that underpin the social construction of the sacred.” -Birgit Meyer, Professor of Religious Studies, Utrecht University

Religion, Art, and Visual Culture

Religion, Art, and Visual Culture
  • Author : S. Brent Plate
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  • Release Date :2002-02-23
  • Total pages :256
  • ISBN : 9780312240035
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Summary : Religion, Art, and Visual Culture gathers together the most current scholarship on art, religion, visual culture, and cultural studies. The book approaches the study of world religions through the human, meaning-making activity of seeing. The essays move between specific visual subjects (painting, landscape gardens, calligraphy, architecture, mass media) and the broader theoretical discourses relevant to religion and the wider humanities today. Topics covered include art and perception; the iconicity of Jesus Christ; the relation of word and image in Islam and divine images in India.

The Roman Gaze

The Roman Gaze
  • Author : David Fredrick
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  • Release Date :2002-11-18
  • Total pages :334
  • ISBN : 9780801869617
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The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts

The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts
  • Author : Frank Burch Brown
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  • Release Date :2018-01-02
  • Total pages :576
  • ISBN : 0190871199
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Summary : Nearly every form of religion or spirituality has a vital connection with art. Religions across the world, from Hinduism and Buddhism to Eastern Orthodox Christianity, have been involved over the centuries with a rich array of artistic traditions, both sacred and secular. In its uniquelymulti-dimensional consideration of the topic, The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts provides expert guidance to artistry and aesthetic theory in religion.The Handbook offers nearly forty original essays by an international team of leading scholars on the main topics, issues, methods, and resources for the study of religious and theological aesthetics. The volume ranges from antiquity to the present day to examine religious and artistic imagination,fears of idolatry, aesthetics in worship, and the role of art in social transformation and in popular religion - covering a full array of forms of media, from music and poetry to architecture and film. An authoritative text for scholars and students, The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts will remain an invaluable resource for years to come.

Sex, Gender and the Sacred

Sex, Gender and the Sacred
  • Author : Joanna de Groot,Sue Morgan
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  • Release Date :2014-04-03
  • Total pages :352
  • ISBN : 1118833945
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Summary : Sex, Gender and the Sacred presents a multi-faith,multi-disciplinary collection of essays that explore theinterlocking narratives of religion and gender encompassing 4,000years of history. Contains readings relating to sex and religion that encompass4,000 years of gender history Features new research in religion and gender across diversecultures, periods, and religious traditions Presents multi-faith and multi-disciplinary perspectives withsignificant comparative potential Offers original theories and concepts relating to gender,religion, and sexuality Includes innovative interpretations of the connections betweenvisual, verbal, and material aspects of particular religioustraditions

Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art

Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art
  • Author : Jacquelynn Baas,Mary Jane Jacob
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  • Release Date :2004
  • Total pages :280
  • ISBN : 9780520243460
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Summary : The relationships between Buddhist practice and the contemporary arts are explored in essays by writers from a range of disciplines and in interviews with influential artists in this timely, multifaceted volume, with contributions by Maya Lin, Stephen Batchelor, Bill Viola, Arthur Danto, and others.

Sacred Objects in Secular Spaces

Sacred Objects in Secular Spaces
  • Author : Bruce M. Sullivan
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  • Release Date :2015-10-22
  • Total pages :256
  • ISBN : 147259083X
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Summary : We have long recognized that many objects in museums were originally on display in temples, shrines, or monasteries, and were religiously significant to the communities that created and used them. How, though, are such objects to be understood, described, exhibited, and handled now that they are in museums? Are they still sacred objects, or formerly sacred objects that are now art objects, or are they simultaneously objects of religious and artistic significance, depending on who is viewing the object? These objects not only raise questions about their own identities, but also about the ways we understand the religious traditions in which these objects were created and which they represent in museums today. Bringing together religious studies scholars and museum curators, Sacred Objects in Secular Spaces is the first volume to focus on Asian religions in relation to these questions. The contributors analyze an array of issues related to the exhibition in museums of objects of religious significance from Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh traditions. The "lives†? of objects are considered, along with the categories of "sacred†? and "profane†?, "religious†? and "secular†?. As interest in material manifestations of religious ideas and practices continues to grow, Sacred Objects in Secular Spaces is a much-needed contribution to religious and Asian studies, anthropology of religion and museums studies.

Ritual and the Sacred

Ritual and the Sacred
  • Author : Massimo Rosati
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  • Release Date :2016-04-08
  • Total pages :180
  • ISBN : 1317062418
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Summary : Ritual and the Sacred discusses some of the most important issues of modern socio-political life through the lens of a neo-Durkheimian perspective. Building on the main lesson of Durkheim's Elementary Forms of Religious Life, this book articulates values and practices common to non-Western and religious traditions that have the capacity to shape our modern way of living. Central to this volume is the question of modernity and scepticism with regard to mainstream Western wisdom; Rosati focuses on the notion of societal self-reassessment and self-revision, illustrating a willingness to learn from ’primitive’ societies. This reassessment necessitates us to rethink the central roles played by ritual and the sacred as building blocks of social and individual life, both of which remain salient features within the modern world. This title will be of key interest to sociologists of religion, philosophy politics and social theorists.

The Tropics and the Traveling Gaze

The Tropics and the Traveling Gaze
  • Author : David John Arnold
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  • Release Date :2015-07-21
  • Total pages :312
  • ISBN : 9780295800943
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Summary : Offers a new interpretation of the history of colonial India and a critical contribution to the understanding of environmental history and the tropical world. Arnold considers the ways in which India’s material environment became increasingly subject to the colonial understanding of landscape and nature, and to the scientific scrutiny of itinerant naturalists.