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Armin W. Geertz

Ritual and embodied cognition

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This chapter focuses on the growing empirical knowledge about the interaction between bodily actions, human thinking, and the cultural embeddedness of human cognition. An approach to ritual based on this expanded view of cognition produces important perspectives and insights for the study of religions. Embodied cognition is a very diverse field and the chapter therefore draws on what is called the ‘4E approach’, i.e. cognition as embodied, embedded, extended, and enactive. Humans are enmeshed in a vast dynamic network of other bodies and minds stretching across the planet and back to the beginnings of time. We are biocultural creatures, in a most concrete sense. What is needed is a systematic, scientific study of brain, body, and behaviour in religious rituals. This chapter will sketch out some of the available evidence and the theories that have been developed to understand the evidence.

TitelThe Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Ritual
RedaktørerRisto Uro, Juliette J. Day, Richard E. DeMaris, Rikard Roitto
Antal sider21
ForlagOxford University Press Oxford University Press
Udgivelsesår1 jan. 2018
ISBN (Elektronisk)9780198747871
StatusUdgivet - 1 jan. 2018


  • embodiment, kognitiv religionsvidenskab, ritual theory, eksperimentel religionsvidenskab, kristendom

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