ERIC Number: EJ853394
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
Teaching Religion and Material Culture
Carp, Richard M.
Teaching Theology & Religion, v10 n1 p2-12 Jan 2007
Because religions discipline and interpret bodies; create and define sacred spaces; generate, adore and study images in all media; regulate the intake of food; structure temporal experience; and in general interpenetrate and are permeated by the cultural landscapes in which they exist, religious studies must engage material religion and religious materiality. We encounter bodily realities of other religions and cultures through our own disciplined bodies, which are both necessary and problematic for those encounters. This article connects theoretical and practical resources needed to help students discover the stuff of religion--flesh and blood, bread and wine, songs and sound, knives and body parts, movement and music, human bodies, time, space, cosmograms composed of and composing the bodies of the religious--uncovering the materiality of religion, existing underneath, alongside, without, and amidst religious textuality and verbal ideation.
Descriptors: Religion Studies, Religion, Religious Factors, Cultural Differences, Cultural Influences, Teaching Methods
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