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Artistry and Aesthetics in Modern and Postmodern Worship  

Don Saliers

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
Worship and its practices occupy a central place in every religious tradition, from Christianity and Judaism to Buddhism and Hinduism. Understanding aesthetics in religion requires paying ... More

Assault Sorcery  

Robin M. Wright

This article is an in-depth study of the cosmology and practices of assault sorcerers. While it concentrates mostly on indigenous Amazonian societies, comparisons are drawn from other ... More

Christian Initiation  

Maxwell E. Johnson

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Sep 2008
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Sep 2009
To study the rites of Christian initiation in the early church is to encounter not one but several liturgical traditions in development. This article seeks to provide an introductory ... More

The Contribution of the Qumran Scrolls to the Study of Ancient Jewish Liturgy  

Daniel K. Falk

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Oct 2010
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Jan 2011
Prayer as a service to God by the people is one of the most far reaching of religious practices, forming a central part of the religious practice of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; yet ... More

The Cult of Saints and Pilgrimage  

Yousef Meri

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Oct 2015
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Nov 2015
This chapter explores the intertwined themes of pilgrimage and the cult of saints in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, highlighting similarities and differences as well as issues of ... More

Dance as a Way of Being Religious  

Anne-Marie (Anjali) Gaston and Tony Gaston

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
Dance has accompanied religious ceremonies and sacred rites since prehistoric times. Most religions have included dance as part of worship at some period or in some places. However, ... More

Dramatic Ways of Being Religious  

Larry D. Bouchard

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
The history of drama and performance often overlaps with histories of religious practice, belief, experience, and thought. This chapter surveys such histories and gives consideration to ... More

Feminist Theologies and the European Context  

Lisa Isherwood

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Nov 2011
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Jan 2012
This chapter discusses three out of the many theologies in Europe addressing the question of globalization: indigenous theologies, and transcendence through developments in ecotheology and ... More

Hinduism and Music  

Guy L. Beck

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
This chapter discusses the theoretical and practical dimensions of music in Hinduism, including the philosophy of sacred sound (Nāda-Brahman), the aesthetics of rasa (“taste”), the rise of ... More

Initiations and Transitions  

Henrik Bogdan

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Nov 2016
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Jun 2017
This chapter discusses initiations and transitions, two phenomena that can be found in all known cultures, both historically and geographically. Initiations and transitions are interlinked ... More

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