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Erscheinungsformen und Handhabungen Heiliger Schriften

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Book Series: Materiale Textkulturen ISSN: 2198-6940 ISBN: 9783110371277 9783110412598 Year: Volume: 5 Pages: vii, 349 DOI: 10.1515/9783110371277 Language: German
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Religion
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This study focuses on Holy Scriptures as material objects. What are the contexts for the appearances and the usages of these objects? Is there a difference between Holy Scriptures and other objects, and is it inevitably their sacred content that renders them holy? Interdisciplinary perspectives offer new incentives for understanding the material phenomenon of the ‘Holy Scriptures’.

The Archaeology of Death in Post-medieval Europe

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ISBN: 9783110439731 9783110470628 Year: Pages: 237 DOI: 10.1515/9783110439731 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: History --- Archaeology
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Historical burial grounds are an enormous archaeological resource and have the potential to inform studies not only of demography or the history of disease and mortality, but also histories of the body, of religious and other beliefs about death, of changing social relationships, values and aspirations.In the last decades, the intensive urban development and a widespread legal requirement to undertake archaeological excavation of historical sites has led to a massive increase in the number of post-medieval graveyards and burial places that have been subjected to archaeological investigation. The archaeology of the more recent periods, which are comparatively well documented, is no less interesting and important an area of study than prehistoric periods.This volume offers a range of case studies and reflections on aspects of death and burial in post-medieval Europe. Looking at burial goods, the spatial aspects of cemetery organisation and the way that the living interact with the dead, contributors who have worked on sites from Central, North and West Europe present some of their evidence and ideas. The coherence of the volume is maintained by a substantial integrative introduction by the editor, Professor Sarah Tarlow.“This book is a ‘first’ and a necessary one. It is an exciting and far-ranging collection of studies on post-medieval burial practice across Europe that will most certainly be used extensively”Professor Howard Williams

Of Gods and Books. Ritual and Knowledge Transmission in the Manuscript Cultures of Premodern India

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Book Series: Studies in Manuscript Cultures ISSN: 2365-970X ISBN: 9783110478815 9783110477764 Year: Volume: 8 Pages: xi, 477 DOI: 10.1515/9783110478815 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Religion --- Languages and Literatures --- Library and Information Science
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India has been the homeland of diverse manuscript traditions that do not cease to impress scholars for their imposing size and complexity. Nevertheless, many topics concerning the study of Indian manuscript cultures still remain to receive systematic examination. Of Gods and Books pays attention to one of these topics - the use of manuscripts as ritualistic tools. Literary sources deal quite extensively with rituals principally focused on manuscripts, whose worship, donation and preservation are duly prescribed. Around these activities, a specific category of ritual gift is created, which finds attestations in pre-tantric, as well as in smārta and tantric, literature, and whose practice is also variously reflected in epigraphical documents. De Simini offers a first systematic study of the textual evidence on the topic of the worship and donation of knowledge. She gives account of possible implications for the relationships between religion and power. The book is indsipensible for a deeper understanding of the cultural aspects of manuscript transmission in medieval India, and beyond.

Writing Matters. Presenting and Perceiving Monumental Inscriptions in Antiquity and the Middle Ages

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Book Series: Materiale Textkulturen ISSN: 2198-6940 ISBN: 9783110534597 9783110533361 Year: Volume: 14 Pages: viii, 396 DOI: 10.1515/9783110534597 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: History
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This edited volume includes a compilation of new approaches to the investigation of inscriptions from different cultural contexts. Innovative research questions about "material text cultures" are examined with reference to Classical Athens, late ancient and Byzantine churches and urban spaces, Hellenistic and Roman cities, and medieval buildings.

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