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1. Title Title of document Author Index - Sensing Sacred Texts
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country James Watts; Syracuse University; United States
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) sacred texts; embodied religion; senses in religion; reading scriptures; textual consumption; comparative scriptures; cultural and religious values; Jewish; Sikh; Muslim; Christian; Buddhist
 
5. Subject Subject classification sacred texts
 
6. Description Abstract All the human senses become engaged in ritualizing sacred texts. These essays focus especially on ritualizing the iconic dimension of texts through the senses of sight, touch, kiss, and taste, both directly and in the imagination.




Ritualized display of books engages the sense of sight very differently than does reading. Touching gets associated with reading scriptures, but touching also enables using the scripture as an amulet. Eating and consuming texts is a ubiquitous analogy for internalizing the contents of texts by reading and memorization.




The idea of textual consumption reflects a widespread tendency to equate humans and written texts by their interiority and exteriority: books and people both have material bodies, yet both seem to contain immaterial ideas. Books thus physically incarnate cultural and religious values, doctrines, beliefs, and ideas.




These essays bring theories of comparative scriptures and affect theory to bear on the topic as well as rich ethnographic descriptions of scriptural practices with Jewish, Sikh, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist and modern art and historical accounts of changing practices with sacred texts in ancient and medieval China and Korea, and in ancient Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cultures.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 05-Oct-2018
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/37914
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.37914
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Sensing Sacred Texts
 
16. Language English=en en
 
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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd