Religious Reflections on the Human Body

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Jane Marie Law
Indiana University Press, Feb 22, 1995 - Religion

"It provides imaginative and thought-provoking... coverage of the ways in which religious thought and practice construct understandings of the human body." -- Journal of Asian Studies

"Drawing on a remarkably diverse set of studies discussing the major Western religious traditions (including Islam) and East and South Asian traditions, the book challenges easy theorization of 'the body in religion.'... an excellent source book for college-level comparative religion courses... " -- Bruce Mannheim, University of Michigan

"... an important study that... should be of considerable interest to the general student of the history and phenomenology of religions." -- Muslim World Book Review

The first cross-cultural and interdisciplinary survey on the relationship between religious practice and ideology and the human body.

 

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This is a detailed examination of the topic, selectively amongst various world traditions, that seems to be rarely used or referenced. I would have thought the topic would be of more interest. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Creation of the Body in Gnosticism
21
Islamic Attitudes toward the Human Body
36
From the Buddha to Buddhaghosa
46
Faces of Sin
67
The Female Body as a Source of Horror and Insight in Post
76
Woman as Serpent
100
Gods Body 137
137
On Trance and Temptation
151
Reality as Embodiment
166
The Transformation of the Body in Taoist Ritual
186
Substitute Bodies in ChanZen Buddhism
211
Gurus Body Gurus Abode
230
The Puppet as Body Substitute
251
CONTRIBUTORS
289

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About the author (1995)

JANE MARIE LAW is Assistant Professor of Japanese Religions at Cornell University.

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