Understanding sacred objects: towards and anthropological theory of religious meaning
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The anthropological theory of religious meaning proposedin this paper is based on a multimodal approach to human communication. According to this approach, meaning originates not in a set of propositions about the world butin modesof experience of and engagementwith it. These modes of experience include different forms of communication in which their performative component trumpstheir propositional content, modes of communication that are normally defined as‘symbolic languages’when religious scholars try to translate them into explicit verbal statements, that is,into a set of propositions. Of all these modes of communication or symbolic languages, in this article the focus is on sacred objects,that is, objects that evoke their absent signifieds by being simultaneously objects of thought and instruments of thought.
Is part ofJournal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford Online, 2019, vol. 11, núm. 1, p. 53-68
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