Marking Boundaries

Kimerer L. LaMothe

in Between Dancing and Writing

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780823224036
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236916 | DOI:
Marking Boundaries

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This chapter examines four other appearances of dance and religion van der Leeuw identifies: transition, antithesis, influences, and harmony. It assesses their implications for scholars in religious studies. In identifying these structural relations, van der Leeuw rejects the idea that a unity of religion and dance is ever possible, in practice or in theory. He animates the differences among the various structural relations in order to argue that there is no moment of recognizing a phenomenon as either dance or religion in which that recognition does not presuppose both the inevitability and the incomprehensibility of their simultaneous appearance.

Keywords: dance; religion; van der Leeuw; transition; antithesis; harmony

Chapter.  6397 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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