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Lived ReligionFaith and Practice in Everyday Life$
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Meredith B. McGuire

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195172621

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172621.001.0001

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Spirituality and Materiality:Why Bodies Matter

Spirituality and Materiality:Why Bodies Matter

(p.97) 5 Spirituality and Materiality:Why Bodies Matter
Lived Religion

Meredith B. McGuire

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the relation between spirituality and materiality and the importance of human bodies in religious practices. It explains that human bodies are important in religious practices because those practices involved people's bodies, as well as their minds and spirits. Material bodies are linked to spirituality through healing, sexuality, gender, social senses, a myriad of other forms of embodied practices, and through the ritual restructuring of the senses of space and time.

Keywords:   spirituality, materiality, religious practices, human bodies, material bodies, social senses, embodied practices

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