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Religious Narrative, Cognition and Culture
Image and Word in the Mind of Narrative





ISBN 9781845532956
Published May 1, 2011 by Routledge
348 Pages

 
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'Religious Narrative, Cognition and Culture' brings together some of the world's leading scholars in the fields of cognitive science and comparative religion. The essays range across diverse fields: the neurological processes and possible genetic foundations of how language emerged; the possible phylogenetic routes in the development of language and culture; the complex interrelations between the ontogenesis and the sociogenesis of cognitive processes; the value of a combination of neurology, narratology and a reworked speech-act approach that focuses on narrative; how the psychology of ritual helps make narrative beliefs possible; religious narratives; emotional communication; the role of gossip as religious narrative; area studies of religious narrative and cognition in the Bible; Indian Epic literature; Australian Aboriginal mythology and ritual; modern religious forms such as New Age, Asatro, astrological narrative and virtual rituals in cyberspace.

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Armin W. Geertz & Jeppe Sinding Jensen: Introduction Theoretical Perspectives Chapter 1. Religious Narrative, Cognition and Culture: Approaches and Definitions

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