Undressing Religion: Commitment and Conversion from a Cross-Cultural Perspective (Dress, Body, Culture)

Undressing Religion: Commitment and Conversion from a Cross-Cultural Perspective (Dress, Body, Culture)


From Islam to Confucianism to Voodoo, gown performs a pivotal function in spiritual expression. This ebook investigates how costume symbolically evidences either spiritual and social platforms throughout a variety of cultures - from Africa and South the US to Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Caribbean. In a few of these cultures, costume is a part of a process of social regulate. Gender concerns characteristic prominently because the regulate of lady sexuality is usually of serious significance to the world's religions. participants of every ethno-religious team actively build their very own lives, and use gown symbolically. A imperative guiding principle for plenty of of those teams is that the soul is visually manifested at the physique via gown. Drawing on wealthy ethnographic case reviews, this wide-ranging and interdisciplinary quantity represents an immense contribution to the learn of either faith and dress.

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