Laughing Gods, Weeping Virgins Hardback

Laughter in the History of Religion

by Ingvild Saelid Gilhus;

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Laughing Gods, Weeping Virgins

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Saelid Gilhus argues that laughter is a central human phenomenon. Humans use laughter as a means to experience the world, categorise its forms and judge its values. But, laughter also transcends language, and is frequently used as a characteristic of the divine. The Mesopotamian Anu, the Israelite Jahweh, the Greek Dionysos, the Gnostic Christ and the late modern Jesus were all laughing gods. Through their laughter, gods prove both their superiority and their proximity to humans. In this comprehensive study, Gilhus examines the relationship between corporeal human laughter and spiritual divine laughter from Classical antiquity, to the Christian West and the modern era.

Laughing Gods, Weeping Virgins by Ingvild Saelid Gilhus was published by Taylor& Francis Ltd in September 1997. The ISBN for Laughing Gods, Weeping Virgins is 9780415161978.

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Details for Laughing Gods, Weeping Virgins

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherTaylor& Francis Ltd (September 1997)
Number of Pages184
Thickness14 mm
Height216 mm
Width140 mm
Product Code1150905
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