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Transcultural Imaginations of the Sacred

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Klaus Krüger(Hg.), Margit Kern(Hg.), Transcultural Imaginations of the Sacred (2019), Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 33098 Paderborn, ISBN: 9783846756300

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Beschreibung / Abstract

Although we tend to suggest that clear constructions of identity are granted to religious symbols under the assumption that they distinguish between self and other explicitly, perceptions of alterity in fact play a vital role in sacral forms of representation. Markers of foreignness are used in a semantics of the exceptional that characterizes the sacral. Perceptions of difference are thus capable of making visible the remoteness of sacral forms from the profane world of experience. This book, therefore, asks: What role do traits of alterity play in the sacral context? How are various concepts of the sacred synthesized in situations of transcultural translation, for instance in the context of missionary activity? How did an artifact arrive at sacral potency in various cultures, and under what conditions did semantic shifts occur?


  • Cover
  • Title
  • Imprint
  • Contents
  • Foreword
  • Margit Kern- Introduction - Transcultural Imaginations of the Sacred. Changing Perceptions of Alterity in Processes of Transcultural Negotiation
  • I.The Glocalization of the Sacred
  • Julia Kloss-Weber - “Americana Thebaida” - A Glocal Topology
  • Amrei Buchholz - The Tipping Point in Mimesis - Processes of Transcultural Negotiation in the Sculpture of the Paraquarian Jesuit Missions
  • Gabriela Siracusano - Cracks and Clefts - Dealing with the Pigments of Our Lady of Copacabana
  • Jens Baumgarten - Conflict and Negotiation in Transcultural Processes in Colonial Brazil, or: Does the Holy Spirit have a Face?
  • Ira Oppermann - Conceptions of Space in the Missionary Periodical - Der Neue Welt-Bott
  • II.Translations of the Sacred in space and media
  • Amy L. Neff - The Holy Man’s Cave - Franciscan Permeations of Time and Space, ca. 1300
  • Christine Ungruh - Charismatic Desert Saints - Charisms as Signifiers of the “Other” in Thebaid Cycles of the Italian Tre- and Quattrocento
  • Alessandra Malquori - Borrowing Figurative Patterns - The Meaning of the “Dormition of the Hermit” in Fifteenth-Century Florentine Paintings
  • Avinoam Shalem - Aesthetics of Resistance - The “Unbelievable” Idol, Its Life, and Its Dual Death
  • Ebba Koch - Being like Jesus and Mary - The Jesuits, the Polyglot Bible and other Antwerp Print Works at the Mughal Court
  • Alberto Saviello - Seeing Beyond Form - Western Tableaux in Mughal Painting as Paradigms of the Emperor’s Perfect Vision
  • III. Plates
  • IV. Appendix
  • List of Contributors
  • Index

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