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Undressing Religion

Commitment and Conversion from a Cross-Cultural Perspective

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B. Linda Arthur (ed)


ISBN:
978-1-8478-8893-8 (online)
978-1-8597-3475-9 (hardback)
978-1-8597-3480-3 (paperback)
978-1-8452-0937-7 (epdf)
Published:
2000
DOI:
10.2752/9781847888938
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Abstract

From Islam to Confucianism to Voodoo, dress plays a pivotal role in religious expression. This book investigates how dress symbolically evidences both religious and social systems across a wide range of cultures - from Africa and South America to Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Caribbean. In some of these cultures, dress is part of a system of social control. Gender issues feature prominently since the control of female sexuality is often of great importance to the world's religions. Members of each ethno-religious group actively construct their own lives, and use dress symbolically. A central tenet for many of these groups is that the soul is visually manifested on the body through dress. Drawing on rich ethnographic case studies, this wide-ranging and interdisciplinary volume represents a major contribution to the study of both religion and dress.