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A history of religion in 5 1/2 objects : bringing the spiritual to its senses, S. Brent Plate

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A history of religion in 5 1/2 objects : bringing the spiritual to its senses
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A history of religion in 5 1/2 objects
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bringing the spiritual to its senses
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S. Brent Plate
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  • History of religion in five and a half objects
  • History of religion in five and one half objects
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eng
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"A leading scholar brings religion to its senses by exploring the importance of physical objects and sensory experience in the practice of religion Humans are needy. We need things: objects, keepsakes, knickknacks, bits and pieces, junk and treasure. As Brent Plate argues in A History of Religion in 5 1/2 Objects, exploring the stuff of everyday existence is a fresh window into the way humans have formed religious communities, performed rituals, and connected with the realm of the sacred. Beginning with the human desire to connect (evoked by "1/ 2"), Plate tells the stories of five types of ordinary objects that people have engaged with in sensory, symbolic, and sacred ways: stones, crosses, incense, drums, and bread. These material objects, each of which strongly engages one of our five senses, have been used in religious ceremonies throughout human history and across the world. A History of Religion in 5 1/2 Objects shows us that basic, material connections stand at the heart of religious traditions, as humans quest for meaningful, fulfilling lives. As Plate looks at each of these objects, he traces the history of the world's religions and finds remarkable similarities and recurring themes throughout the millenia. We learn why incense is used by Hindus at a celebration of the goddess Durga in Banaras, by Muslims at a wedding ceremony in West Africa, and by Roman Catholics at a mass in upstate New York. And why stones, in the form of cairns, grave markers, and monuments, became connected with places of memory across the world. A History of Religion in 5 1/2 Objects moves our understanding of religion away from the current obsessions with God, fundamentalism, and science. Religion, Plate shows, has more to do with our bodies than with our beliefs"--
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Religion professor Brent Plate considers the significance of five specific objects in a variety of religious and spiritual experiences throughout history. First delving into the concept of "half," which represents humans' sense of incompleteness, he then describes how the five (stones, incense, drums, crosses, and bread) have enhanced religious experience through the senses and through their use in organized rituals and individual devotions. This compact and accessible volume illuminates the appreciation of religious practices and offers inspiration to those looking for insight into spiritual matters. -- Description by Katherine Bradley Johnson
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1966-
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Plate, S. Brent
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203/.7
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illustrations
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index present
LC call number
BL65.C8
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P52 2014
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non fiction
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  • Religion and culture
  • Senses and sensation
  • Religion
  • RELIGION / History
  • RELIGION / Comparative Religion
  • RELIGION / Christian Rituals & Practice / General
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adult
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bringing the spiritual to its senses
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A history of religion in 5 1/2 objects : bringing the spiritual to its senses, S. Brent Plate
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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text
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rdacontent
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2013039786
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23 cm
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248 pages
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9780807033111
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(hbk. : alk. paper)
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2013039786
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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illustrations
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A history of religion in 5 1/2 objects : bringing the spiritual to its senses, S. Brent Plate
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9780807033111.jpg
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2013039786
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
248 pages
Isbn
9780807033111
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013039786
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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illustrations

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