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Spirituality and Materiality:Why Bodies Matter

Meredith B. McGuire

in Lived Religion

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780195172621
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199851942 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172621.003.0005
Spirituality and Materiality:Why Bodies Matter

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This chapter examines the relation between spirituality and materiality and the importance of human bodies in religious practices. It explains that human bodies are important in religious practices because those practices involved people's bodies, as well as their minds and spirits. Material bodies are linked to spirituality through healing, sexuality, gender, social senses, a myriad of other forms of embodied practices, and through the ritual restructuring of the senses of space and time.

Keywords: spirituality; materiality; religious practices; human bodies; material bodies; social senses; embodied practices

Chapter.  9154 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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