Aesthetic Formations: Media, Religion, and the Senses by Birgit Meyer

By Birgit Meyer

This ebook examines the incorporation of newly available mass media into practices of non secular mediation in numerous settings together with the Pentecostal Church and Islamic hobbies, in addition to using spiritual varieties and snapshot within the sphere of radio and cinema.

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In fact, the text that was read by anthropologist Vivaldo Costa Lima at the opening night discussed “the councel of the twelve oba’s” and the honorary title of the oloiês or ojoiês (Yorubá for “friend of the house”)—inventions (or “restorations,” depending on one’s perspective) that help to link ever more influential and affluent outsiders, “writers, deputies, painters, university professors, merchants, industrials, medical doctors and foreigners who live in Bahia,” in da Costa Lima’s words (Lima 1966, 101) to the religious community.

While the chapters by Larkin and Hughes address the historical antecedents of the complicated relation between media, religion, politics and entertainment, other contributions concentrate on settings characterized by a salient public articulation of religion and the appeal to religious forms in contemporary public culture. The boundaries between religious and secular, and religion, politics and entertainment have become ever more difficult to draw, and this impinges on the manner in which people are addressed and bonds are formed.

Notes I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to Mattijs van de Port, Jeremy Stolow, and Jojada Verrips for their critical questions, stimulating comments, and constructive suggestions on earlier versions of this text, and Harriet Impey for her perceptive editing. 1. The key proposition of the initial program proposal was that the relationship between the postcolonial nation-state, media, and religion has been significantly reconfigured since the mid-1990s, and has entailed the emergence of a new public sphere characterized by a blurring of neat, modernist distinctions between public and private, religion and politics, debate and entertainment.

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