Saints’ Lives as Performance Art

Books as Bodies and as Sacred Beings - James W Watts

Virginia Burrus [+-]
Syracuse University
Virginia Burrus is The Bishop W. Earl Ledden Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University.


In this volume an international team of scholars address the theme of books as sacred beings from an impressively diverse range of primary material and perspectives. Yet, as a group, they meld to engage and advance previous research to solidify the conclusion that human cultures, especially religious groups, often ritualize bodies as sacred books and books as divine beings. The studies collected here not only increase the range of examples of this phenomenon. They also show the wide variety of ways in which the identity of books, bodies and beings gets both ritualized and theorized. The articles are bracketed by an introduction to the collection, and then by a concluding essay that extrapolates the theme of books as sacred beings on a more general level.

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Burrus, Virginia. Saints’ Lives as Performance Art. Books as Bodies and as Sacred Beings. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Nov 2020. ISBN 9781781798850. Date accessed: 23 Sep 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.38093. Nov 2020

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