“Transgressing Religious Boundaries: The Power of Aesthetics in Tamil Catholic and Hindu Worship” by Stine Bruland

Abstract:

This article discusses shared material culture and sensorial practices in prayer among Hindu and Catholic Sri Lankan Tamils living in Paris, such as the clockwise circling of incense, the use of flower garlands, and the worship of Mother Mary. Rather than classifying these practices into religious categories, I argue for a need to examine how such practices come to be shared. By employing a material approach to religious aesthetics which recognizes that objects or “things” are active and have agency and affect how we sense and thus experience our world, I suggest that common aesthetic elements are able to produce feelings of religiosity and, particularly for people who share a common aesthetic in everyday life, to bridge the levels between humans and the divine.

Source: Bruland S.,”Transgressing Religious Boundaries: The Power of Aesthetics in Tamil Catholic and Hindu Worship”, in   Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief, Volume 9, Number 4, December 2013 , pp. 418-440(23)

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DM (2013, 26 novembre). “Transgressing Religious Boundaries: The Power of Aesthetics in Tamil Catholic and Hindu Worship” by Stine Bruland. SRI LANKA & DIASPORAS. Consulté le 27 février 2024, à l’adresse https://doi.org/10.58079/u86c

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