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Religious Narrative and the Body

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This chapter describes the four dimensions (prosody, thymic dimension, rituality and intentional action) which can be distinguished in the embodiment of religion and clarifies how the semiotic approach contributes to a broader insight into religiosity. Prosody deals with the shape given to the act of speaking. The thymic dimension concerns the way in which the interview-transcripts deal with the bodily aspect. Religious rituals are characterized by the fact that the periphery of personal life is transcended through the ritual praxis. It is noteworthy that religious rituality fades after a generation of commitment to the church. The fourth dimension of bodily religiosity concerns action; especially action that is not immediately recognizable as religious praxis, but that is however religiously motivated or based. The semiotic approach has proved itself a valid method for analyzing this bodily expressed religiosity.

Keywords: bodily religiosity; prosody; rituality; semiotic approach; thymic dimension



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