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Transformational Embodiment in Asian Religions

Subtle Bodies, Spatial Bodies, 1st Edition

Edited by George Pati, Katherine Zubko

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This volume examines several theoretical concerns of embodiment in the context of Asian religious practice. Looking at both subtle and spatial bodies, it explores how both types of embodiment are engaged as sites for transformation, transaction and transgression. Collectively bridging ancient and modern conceptualizations of embodiment in religious practice, the book offers a complex mapping of how body is defined. It revisits more traditional, mystical religious systems, including Hindu Tantra and Yoga, Tibetan Buddhism, Bon, Chinese Daoism and Persian Sufism and distinctively juxtaposes these inquiries alongside analyses of racial, gendered, and colonized bodies. Such a multifaceted subject requires a diverse approach, and so perspectives from phenomenology and neuroscience as well as critical race theory and feminist theology are utilised to create more precise analytical tools for the scholarly engagement of embodied religious epistemologies. This a nuanced and interdisciplinary exploration of the myriad issues around bodies within religion. As such it will be a key resource for any scholar of Religious Studies, Asian Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Philosophy, and Gender Studies.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Notes on Transliteration

Notes on Contributors

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Katherine C. Zubko and George Pati

 

Chapter 1: The Subtle Body of Vital Presence in Contemplative Practices of Abhinavagupta’s Trika Śaivism and Longchenpa's Great Perfection

Kerry Martin Skora

 

Chapter 2: Daoist Body-Maps and Meditative Praxis

Louis Komjathy

 

Chapter 3: Yuasa Yasuo’s Contextualization of the Subtle Body: Phenomenology and Practice

Edward Geoffrey

 

Chapter 4: Dismembering Demons: Spatial and Bodily Representations in the Fifteenth-Century Ekaliṅgamāhātmya

Adam Newman

 

Chapter 5: Subtle Body: Rethinking the Body’s Subjectivity through Abhinavagupta Body

Loriliai Biernacki

 

Chapter 6: Reprogramming Embodied Experiences in the Mahārthamañjarī of Maheśvarānanda

Sthaneshwar Timalsina

 

Chapter 7: Sensing the Ascent: Embodied Elements of Muhammad’s Heavenly Journey in Nizami Ganjavi’s Treasury of Mysteries

Matthew Hotham

 

Chapter 8: Bodies in Translation: Esoteric Conceptions of the Muslim Body in Early-modern South Asia

Patrick J. D’Silva

Chapter 9: The Prostituted Body of War: U.S. Military Prostitution in South Korea as a Site of Spiritual Activism

Keun-Joo Christine Pae

 

Chapter 10: Frisky Methods: Subtle Bodies, Epistemological Pluralism and Creative Scholarship

Jay Johnston

 

Chapter 11: Autophagous Bliss: The Obliteration of Spatiality in the Bodily Philosophies of Georges Bataille and the Taittirīya Upanishad.

Matthew Robertson

About the Editors

George Pati is Surjit S. Patheja Chair in World Religions and Ethics and Associate Professor of Theology at Valparaiso University, USA. His research interests include Hinduism, particularly the mediation of Hindu devotion, bhakti, through texts, rituals, and performances in the Malayalam language of Kerala, South India. He has authored two monographs, Religious Devotion and the Poetics of Reform (2019), and Hindu Bodies as Threshold (forthcoming), and has published several articles in his area of research. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Body and Religion and currently serves on steering committees for two groups at the American Academy of Religion: Arts, Literature, and Religion and Body and Religion.

Katherine C. Zubko is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and NEH Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at University of North Carolina Asheville, USA. Her areas of expertise include aesthetics, ritual, performance, dance anthropology and embodied religion in South Asia. Zubko is the author of Dancing Bodies of Devotion (2014), as well as several articles in peer reviewed journals. Zubko is the book review editor for the Journal of Hindu Christian Studies and currently serves on steering committees for two groups at the American Academy of Religion: Teaching Religion and Body and Religion.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS017000
HISTORY / Asia / India & South Asia
PHI015000
PHILOSOPHY / Mind & Body
REL000000
RELIGION / General
REL017000
RELIGION / Comparative Religion
REL024000
RELIGION / Eastern
REL032020
RELIGION / Hinduism / Rituals & Practice
REL037030
RELIGION / Islam / Rituals & Practice
REL062000
RELIGION / Spirituality
REL065000
RELIGION / Taoism (see also PHILOSOPHY / Taoist)
REL090000
RELIGION / Islam / Sufi