Sainthood and Race: Marked Flesh, Holy Fleshexplores this complicated relationship by examining two distinct characteristics of the saint’s body: the historicized, marked flesh and the universal, holy flesh. The essays in this volume comment on this tension between particularity and universality by combining both theoretical and ethnographic studies of saints and race across a wide range of subjects within the humanities. Additionally, the book’s group of emerging and established religion scholars enhances this discussion of sainthood and race by integrating topics such as gender, community, and colonialism across a variety of historical, geographical, and religious contexts. This volume raises provocative questions for scholars and students interested in the intersection of religion and race today.
When this ancient Hebrew Paradisial tale is considered as a myth, however, rather than historical fact, and interpreted from the perspective of what the Jewish mystics (kabbalists) say was the original intent, then all the weak and demeaning ideas are removed. When Adam, Eve, the serpent, tree, etc., are read as archetypal figures an entirely different meaning is revealed that removes the confusion which is contributing to the existing tensions in society.
This understanding presents a new, constructive look at Scripture for a wide audience of both Christian and Jewish women and men as well as those who are outside those two faiths with the exception of the most orthodox Jews, and those fundamentalist Christians who insist on a literal reading of the Bible.
The Female, the Tree, and Creation,
1) explains the original meaning of the Adam and Eve tale as interpreted by Jewish kabbalists,
2) traces the themes of the Creation Story (e.g. the role of women, human relationship with God, sin, evil, etc.), through Judaism and early Christianity, and their evolvement in public consciousness, orthodox religion, and other spiritual teachings, up to the present time,
3) shows the practical value of Kabbalah in helping to resolve the controversies of today, irrespective of ones cultural or religious background, and
4) interprets historical trends to logically suggest the likely direction of mans consciousness and institutionalized religion in the 21st century.
5) This manuscript is enhanced by separate Introductions from Rabbi Gelberman (New York), and Dr. Carol Parrish-Harra, President, Sancta Sophia Seminary (Oklahoma).
6) The length of the manuscript is approximately 66,000 words, and consists of six chapters and an Appendix. A condensed outline follows.
Chapter One: The Significance of Myth:
Uses illustrative stories to explain the value of myth, and how the Creation Story fits a mythical pattern.
Chapter Two: Symbols in the Adam and Eve Story
An in-depth explanation and historical background of the various symbols (Tree, Serpent, etc.) that appear in this story.
Chapter Three: The Source:
The source of the Creation Story symbols, particularly the female and the serpent.
I.. Moses and Egypt
II. Mythic Formation.
How and why the Creation Story was constructed along the lines of kabbalstic mysticism to covertly deliver a message of the sacredness of the female, the divinity of humanity, and the nature of sin and evil.
Chapter Four: Jewish Mysticism and the Creation Story:
I. Jewish Mysticism.
Explains Jewish mysticism, traces the early evolvement of Kabbalah, and explains the kabbalists concept of the Sefirot.
II. The Sefirot and Creation:
An in-depth explanation of Kabbalah as it relates to the Creation Story to show the original, intended meaning of this tale.
Chapter Five: Sin, Guilt and Evil.
I. Jewish Thought.
II. Christian Thought.
The why and how the sense of sin, guilt and evil that pervades the theological presentation of the Creation Story became a part of Jewish and Christian thought. The viewpoint of Jewish and Christian mysticism.
Chapter Six: Past, Present and Future.
I. Cyclical Changes
Comparison of the radical disruption of traditional religious ways that to
From silver rings to ringtones and from clubs to headscarves, we often find the cultural role and discussion of religion in unexpected ways.
Now in its second edition, Religion: The Basics remains the best introduction to religion and contemporary culture available. The new edition has been fully revised and updated, and includes new discussions of:the study of religion and culture in the twenty-first century texts, films and rituals cognitive approaches to religion globalization and multiculturalism spirituality in the West popular religion.
With new case studies, linking cultural theory to real world religious experience and practice, and guides to further reading, Religion: The Basics is an essential buy for students wanting to get to grips with this hotly debated topic.
funerary and mourning practices;
concepts of the afterlife;
psychical issues associated with death and dying;
clinical and ethical issues;
death and dying as represented in popular culture.
This comprehensive collection of essays will bring together perspectives from fields as diverse as history, philosophy, literature, psychology, archaeology and religious studies, while including various religious traditions, including established religions like Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism as well as new or less widely known traditions such as the Spiritualist Movement, the Church of Latter Day Saints, and Raëlianism. The Routledge Companion to Death and Dying is essential reading for students and researchers in religious studies, philosophy and literature.
The book provides a comprehensive treatment of the goddess, culminating in the selections that draw from research on Indian, Nepali, Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese traditions, seldom found in other works of similar subject. The volume will be useful for students in religious studies, gender studies, Asian studies, and women's studies. With the intent of making the volume truly broad in scope, an effort has been made to include works written by art historians, sociologists, anthropologists, and religious studies scholars. Culture cannot be separated from religion; they are intertwined as an organic whole, and variations manifest themselves in the rituals and daily lives of the people. In this sense, all the essays are interconnected: the goddess manifests in many forms and appeals to differing aspects of a particular culture as a paradigm of the divine feminine.
The study of dying, death, and grief
Disposal of the dead: past, present, and future
Representations of death: narratives and rhetoric
Youth meets death: a juxtaposition
Questionable deaths and afterlives: suicide, ghosts, and avatars
Material corpses and imagined afterlives around the world
Within these sections, central issues, debates, and problems are examined, including: the world of death and dying from various cultural viewpoints and timeframes, cultural and social constructions of the definition of death, disposal practices, and views of the afterlife.
The Routledge Handbook of Death and the Afterlifeis essential reading for students and researchers in religious studies, philosophy, anthropology, and sociology.
This book represents a valuable study of contemporary Blackfoot religion as well as the repatriation movement. Kenneth Lokensgard also contributes to the studies of material culture and exchange; central to his investigation is the critical examination and reapplication of the interpretative terms "gift" and "commodity." Careful use of these terms, Lokensgard argues, can better help scholars appreciate how different peoples perceive the worlds they inhabit.
Michael Stausberg brings together leading scholars of the field to review and discuss seventeen contemporary theories of religion. As well as scholars of religion, it features anthropologists, archaeologists, classicists, evolutionary biologists, philosophers and sociologists. Each chapter provides students with background information on the theoretician, a presentation of the theory’s basic principles, an analysis of basic assumptions, and a review of previous critiques. Concluding with a section entitled 'Back and Forth', Stausberg compares the different theories and points to further avenues of discussion for the future.