From Film to Book—<i>Dianoia</i> and <i>Noesis</i>

Richard Werbner

in Holy Hustlers, Schism, and Prophecy

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268531
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520949461 | DOI:
From Film to Book—Dianoia and Noesis

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This chapter deals with the counterbearing of the invisible on the visible, and the inaudible or ineffable on the audible. Many paradoxes of the presence that is somehow an absence prevail in prayer, diagnosis, prescription, and exorcism. Prophecy realizes that counterbearing through very different moments. Some come in the mastery of the materiality of witchcraft, others in the patients' subjection and submission, and still others in revelation and the embodiment of the Word in the devotional subject. Perhaps most paradoxical and yet most highly valued by the Apostolics themselves are the moments that represent the redress of the afflicted body in the calming dew, the peace of Jesus, the very Incarnation that is, for Christians, the Presence of Absence. The engagement with these moments of dynamic counterbearing is pervasive in the film Holy Hustlers.

Keywords: counterbearing; presence; absence; prayer; diagnosis; prophecy; witchcraft; Apostolics; Jesus; Holy Hustlers

Chapter.  5632 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology of Religion

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