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2. Gender Matters in Religious Bodies

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1. Title Title of document 2. Gender Matters in Religious Bodies - The Religious Body Imagined
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Elizabeth Rhodes; Boston College; United States
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) body and religion; religious body; comparative religion; material religion; religion and culture; ethnography and religion; gender and religion; ritual
5. Subject Subject classification Body and Religion
6. Description Abstract It is now a truism, certainly in medieval religious studies, that Christian piety practiced by women is body-centered and affective. Reflective of ancient philosophical dichotomies that oppose spirit and matter, this tradition affiliates men with mind and reason, and women with body and emotion. These patterns became entrenched in the experience of God to the point where they formed behavior as much as they described it, and as this understanding moved into the early modern period (XV-XVII), men were increasingly less represented as having ecstatic experiences of God, and women could have no other kind. This study provides evidence from texts by and about several famous religious men of early modern Spain that women were not alone in practicing embodied piety. However, they did not write about it in public documents, on the one hand, and information about it included in early biographies of them was systematically erased, on the other.

7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Nov-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.39646
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; The Religious Body Imagined
16. Language English=en en
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