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Humour and Religion : Challenges and Ambiguities - Hans;Van Herck,Walter Geybels

Humour and Religion

Challenges and Ambiguities

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Humour and Religion highlights the importance and functioning of humour in different world religions. Exploring the major religious cultures, the book looks at more constructive aspects to the relation between humour and religion, with humour seen as a pathway to spiritual wisdom. Exploring how religions contain (implicit) references to the finitude and relativity of the human condition, and why humour and spirituality fit well together, contributors discuss what the meaning of humour in different religions is- Did it evolve historically? How does it function? How is humour related to the realization of spiritual goals? Looking at religions from an external perspective, the contributors then analyze the way religion interacts with humour in society. How does a religion respond to sarcasm and irony? Are there limits to mockery and making fun of believers? Does humour have a pacifying effect when societal tensions run high or does it intensify the sensitivities? This volume will provide essays of value to scholars in the various religions and literatures covered.

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Notes on Contributorsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Religious Laughter
The Redemptive Power of Humour in Religionp. 11
Humour as Practical Wisdomp. 22
Humour in Hinduismp. 35
Laughing Priests in the Atsuta Shrine Festivalp. 54
Humour on Religion in the Greco-Roman Worldp. 66
Transferring Aristophanes' Religious Registers into Modern Greek and English: The Case of (Re) Constructing the Religious Humour of Aristophanes' Comedy Acharnians in Greek and English Target-Textsp. 85
Laughing in and at the Mirror: Jewish Humour and Hassidic Wisdomp. 108
Why Did Jesus Laugh? Laughing in Biblical-Demiurgical Textsp. 123
Laughing Against All the Odds. Some Observations on Humour, Laughter and Religion in Byzantiump. 141
Being Serious about Laughter: The Case of Early Modern Biblical Playsp. 156
The Muslim Sense of Humourp. 169
Laughing at Religion
Humour, Religion and Vulnerabilityp. 191
Laughing at God. The Pictorial History of Boundaries Not to be Crossedp. 204
The Fool and the Path to Spiritual Insightp. 218
Humour, Religion and Politics in Greek Cartoons: Symbiosis or Conflict?p. 248
Indexp. 269
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ISBN: 9781441163134
ISBN-10: 1441163131
Series: Continuum Religious Studies
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 17th March 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 15.8  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1