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Religion In The Bodily Communication. A Phenomeno-Logical Snapshot

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This chapter tries to find a symbol dealing with the issue of religious bodily communication. There are many concepts of communication who include different roles of the body. Some logical ways treat language as a simple system that generates sentences and utterances, but don't really consider the body. Special thoughts about body language interpret it as a solipsistic, non-verbal speech: Thus, talking to one another means verbal and nonverbal communication. Hence, body language signs have to be decoded. The chapter develops body language as a way of communicating religion, it seems to be helpful to make just a heuristic distinction between language and communication which is similar to Waldenfels' difference between the functioning body ("fungierendem Leib") and the body as an object ("Körperding") or, as in German context, between Leib and Körper. Focusing on snapshots of life, the chapter brings to mind some remarkable aspects of religious communication.

Keywords: body language; religious bodily communication; snapshots



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