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The Body in Religion

Cross-Cultural Perspectives

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The Body in Religion: Cross-Cultural Perspectives surveys influential ways in which the body is imagined and deployed in religious practices and beliefs across the globe. Filling the gap for an up-to-date and comparative approach to theories and practices of the body in religion, this book explores the cultural influences on embodiment and their implications for religious institutions and spirituality. Examples are drawn from religions such as Jainism, Confucianism, Daoism, Shintoism, Paganism, Aboriginal, African, and Native American religions, in addition to the five major religions of the world. Topics covered include: - Gender and sexuality - Female modesty and dress codes - Circumcision and menstruation rituals - God language and erotic desire - Death, dying, and burial rites - Disciplining the body through prayer, yoga, and meditation - Feasting and fasting rituals Illustrated throughout with over 60 images, The Body in Religion is designed for course use in religious studies as well as interdisciplinary courses across the humanities and the social sciences. Further online resources include a sample syllabus.
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Greenberg skillfully draws out the central place of the body in shaping religious and social identities, as well as how various traditions interpret the body as a physical phenomenon and as a site of social and symbolic meaning. Furthermore, the reader is introduced to the problems of essentialism and dualist frameworks that permeate many traditions, especially in terms of asymmetrical hierarchies between mind and body, subject and object, reason and emotion, spirit and matter, transcendence and immanence, and male and female. * Reading Religion * Yudith Kornberg Greenberg's The Body in Religion: Cross-cultural Perspectives is a timely and an excellent resource for classroom articulating what is the body providing examples from various cultural and religious traditions including themes of creation, rituals, performances, gender and sexuality, and death and afterlife. The volume presents the centrality of the body and the importance of understanding the body from different multicultural and multi-disciplinary perspectives. * George Pati, Associate Professor of Theology and International Studies, Valparaiso University, USA * In this wide-ranging study, Yudit Greenberg has brought together an enormous wealth of material into a single volume. Sacrificing neither clarity nor depth, The Body in Religion: Cross-Cultural Perspectives is a gold mine of information and insight. Examining multiple dimensions of how the body is conceptualized and represented in a variety of religious traditions, Greenberg has crafted a work to which scholars will no doubt refer for years to come. * Jeffery D. Long, Professor of Religion and Asian Studies, Elizabethtown College, USA * In the last generation, the study of religion has made a material turn that seeks to grasp not just creeds and philosophies but also the embodied ways that religious communities live their teachings. Those looking for an accessible and rich tour of how bodies have been celebrated, disciplined, and modified in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and elsewhere will find an able guide in this book. * Kevin Schilbrack, Professor of Religious Studies and Department Chair of Philosophy and Religion, Appalachian State University, USA * The Body in Religion is a masterful comparative discussion of established and evolving ways of knowing the body in traditions across the globe. Accessibly bringing together religious texts and practices as well as recent scholarly analysis in a diversity of fields - from biotechnology to religion studies - it demonstrates that the body is central to the construction of identity, and that lucid understanding of global perspectives is vital today. * Karen Pechilis, NEH Distinguished Professor of Humanities and Professor of Comparative Religion, Drew University, USA * Our bodies strive toward sensory pleasure. They enjoy ecstatic bliss. And they must endure pain and suffering. The Body in Religion opens our eyes to the imaginative ways that the world's religions have both celebrated and disciplined such powerful bodily impulses. With masterful prose and vivid illustrations, Yudit Greenberg depicts the sheer variety of body-based religious experience. A delight to read. An invitation to rethink the very nature of religion. * Robert C. Fuller, Bradley University, Author of Spirituality in the Flesh (2008) and The Body of Faith (2013). * Yudit Greenberg's wide-ranging and ambitious coverage of the attitudes of the major world religions to the body assumes no prior knowledge on the part of the reader, and effects a remarkable synthesis of the complex issues that shelter under this theme. Students and general readers will benefit equally from this approachable text: it throws standard secularized attitudes to bodiliness into new contention as it shows how much difference is made to such issues by religious commitment and ritual performance. * Sarah Coakley, Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge and

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Yudit Kornberg Greenberg is the Cornell Endowed Chair of Religion and Director of the Jewish Studies Program at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, USA. Her publications include works in modern Jewish philosophy as well as the 2 volume Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions.


List of illustrations Preface and Introduction Part One: Representing the Divine and the Human Body, Introduction 1. Representation of the Body in Creation Myths 2. Representation of the Divine in Text and Art 3. Erotic Desire and Divine Love Part Two: Celebrating and Sustaining the Body, Introduction 4. Body in Religious Ritual 5. Food: Laws and Practices 6. Sustaining the Body: Breath, Harmony, Health and Healing Part Three: Disciplining the Body, Introduction 7. Purity and Pollution 8. Gender and Sexuality 9. Marriage and Reproduction Part Four: Modifying, Liberating, and Honoring the Body, Introduction 10. Marking and Modifying the Body 11. Asceticism: Spiritual Technologies of Detachment 12. Death and the Afterlife Bibliography Web references Index