1. Introduction: Embodied Reception - South Asian Spiritualities in Contemporary Contexts

Embodied Reception - South Asian Spiritualities in Contemporary Contexts - Henriette Hanky

Henriette Hanky [+-]
University of Bergen
Henriette Hanky is a doctoral candidate in the Study of Religions at the University of Bergen, Norway. She works on a research project on contemporary forms of the Osho/Sannyas movement in Europe and India. She has published articles on Osho-related meditation retreats, new religious movements and mediatization as well as on religion and embodiment.

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This introductory chapter will first sketch out “embodied reception” as a heuristic concept by discussing some of the assumptions and challenges that its two terminological components—embodiment and reception—entail. It will then position the volume with regard to previous research on bodily practices in South Asia and their modern global globalization. Two aspects of embodied reception that emerge from reading the contributions together will then receive closer attention. The first aspect is the construction of lineages and origins that appears to be crucial for turning bodily practices into a reception of something, be it a textual source, a guru, or a diffuse idea of Indian tradition. The second aspect concerns the performativity and affectivity of bodily practices. Here, the contributions show that while a bodily practice does not have a universal intrinsic meaning, it works on practitioners’ bodies and interrelates with their meaning-making processes. Finally, the individual chapters that make up the four parts of the volume will be presented.

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Hanky, Henriette. 1. Introduction: Embodied Reception - South Asian Spiritualities in Contemporary Contexts. Embodied Reception - South Asian Spiritualities in Contemporary Contexts. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Sep 2024. ISBN 9781800503540. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=44420. Date accessed: 24 Jul 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.44420. Sep 2024

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