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Aesthetics and Religion  

Richard Viladesau

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
A systematic consideration of the multiple relationships between aesthetics and religion demands a sorting-out of concepts and issues. “Aesthetics” may be understood as practice (art) and ... More

Architectural Expression and Ways of Being Religious  

Richard Kieckhefer

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
This article examines the architectural traditions of the world’s religions, with particular emphasis on synagogues, churches, mosques, and Hindu and Buddhist temples. Using a comparative ... More

Art, Architecture, and Archaeology  

Lee I. Levine

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Dec 2004
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Sep 2009
This article addresses three related, though not identical, academic fields of study that crystallized only in the twentieth century. Beforehand, it had generally been assumed, whether for ... More

Buddhism—Image as Icon, Image as Art  

Charles Lachman

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
Buddhism is characterized by considerable geographical and doctrinal diversity, but one feature shared by its many disparate strands is an emphasis on the ritual importance of images. ... More

Hinduism—Visual Art and Architecture  

Jessica Frazier

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
Hindu culture possesses unique ways of seeing and shaping religious art; this chapter explores the “keys” that are needed to interpret some of its characteristic art-forms. The visual ... More

Introduction: Mapping the Terrain of Religion and the Arts  

Frank Burch Brown

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
When the arts are mapped onto the terrain of religion, art itself looks different, as does religion, and one sees more plainly how each shapes the other and, at times, becomes part of the ... More

Islam and Visual Art  

Margaret S. Graves

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
The label “Islamic art” has at times served to conflate and confuse religious and non-religious impulses within popular understandings of the art of the lands that are now or have ... More

Judaism—Visual Art and Architecture  

Edward van Voolen

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
The existence of Jewish art has long been denied by scholars. Indeed, Jewish art appears to be in conflict with the second of the Biblical ten commandments: “you shall not make for ... More

Shintō and the Arts  

Sybil Thornton

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
This chapter reviews the origin and development of the word Shintō as well as the basic beliefs, practices, and objects of worship associated with the religion. It then describes the ... More

Taoism and the Arts  

Deborah A. Sommer

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
In this chapter, the term Daoist refers to beliefs and practices associated with the apprehension of the Dao, a term that literally means way, ways, road, or path. At the cosmic level, the ... More

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