Religious Statues and Personhood Paperback

Testing the Role of Materiality

by Amy Whitehead;

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Religious Statues and Personhood

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Objects such as statues and icons have long been problematic in the study of religion, especially in European Christianities. Through examining two groups, the contemporary Pagan Glastonbury Goddess religion in the Southwest of England and a cult of the Virgin Mary in Andalusia, Spain, Amy Whitehead asserts that objects can be more than representational or symbolic. In the context of increasing academic interest in materiality in religions and cultures, she shows how statues, or 'things', are not always interacted with as if they are inert material against which we typically define ourselves as 'modern' humans. Bringing two distinct cultures and religions into tension, animism and 'the fetish' are used as ways in which to think about how humans interact with religious statues in Western Europe and beyond. Both theoretical and descriptive, the book illustrates how religions and cultural practices can be re-examined as performances that necessarily involve not only human persons, but also objects.

Religious Statues and Personhood by Amy Whitehead was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in March 2015. The ISBN for Religious Statues and Personhood is 9781474228565.

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Details for Religious Statues and Personhood

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (March 2015)
Number of Pages216
Thickness12 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4305945
Page last updated 17th May 2018
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