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Religious ReadingThe Place of Reading in the Practice of Religion$
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Paul J. Griffiths

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195125771

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195125771.001.0001

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Religion and Literary Work

Religion and Literary Work

(p.22) 2 Religion and Literary Work
Religious Reading

Paul J. Griffiths

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a discussion of how works may be composed, displayed, stored, and redisplayed without the use of writing, and without literacy in the narrow sense. It then considers debates about the significance of literacy and its relations to orality. This is followed by discussions of the Parry/Lord theory, writing in ancient India, how religious people read, and how religious people compose.

Keywords:   religious learning, literacy, orality, reading, writing, Parry/Lord theory, religious people, ancient India

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