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Celibacy and Religious Traditions$
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Carl Olson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195306316

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306316.001.0001

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 Celibacy and the Human Body: An Introduction

 Celibacy and the Human Body: An Introduction

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Celibacy and Religious Traditions

Carl Olson (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The practice of celibacy needs to be contextualized within the human body and its needs before it can be defined as abstaining from sexual relationships. Any attempt to define celibacy manifests cross‐cultural differences and its complexity. The practice of celibacy gives insight into a culture's worldview, social values, gender relations, ethical implication, religious roles or offices, conception of the physical body, and its connections to power, danger, purity, violence, and pain.

Keywords:   body, celibacy, values, sexuality

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