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1. Title Title of document Books as Sacred Beings - Books as Bodies and as Sacred Beings
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; sacred books; ritual; sacred bodies; embodied religion; Kali; Tantric; Qur'an; saint; Seolwi-seolgyeong; Gandhara; Dao; icon
5. Subject Subject classification Sacred Texts
6. Description Abstract The tendency of books to be ascribed agency like people and deities leads James Watts, in the last chapter, to explore why that is. Books manifest interiority like people: we speak of both as material containers for immaterial ideas. Books also generate common out-of-body experiences, they can be reproduced in multiple copies, and encountering them often changes us. Books are therefore material artifacts whose common use generates analogies that reinforce widespread hopes for bodily transcendence, resurrection or reincarnation, and theophany.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 18-Oct-2021
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.38099
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Books as Bodies and as Sacred Beings
16. Language English=en en
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