Laughing Gods, Weeping Virgins analyses how laughter has been used as a logo in myths, rituals and fairs of Western religions, and has therefore been inscribed in spiritual discourse. The Mesopotamian Anu, the Israelite Jahweh, the Greek Dionysos, the Gnostic Christ and the overdue glossy Jesus have been all guffawing gods. via their laughter, gods turn out either their superiority and their proximity to humans.
In this complete research, Professor Gilhus examines the connection among corporeal human laughter and non secular divine laughter from c`ussical antiquity, to the Christian West and the trendy period. She combines the research of the heritage of faith with social-scientific techniques, to supply an unique and pertinent exploration of a common human phenomenon, and its value for the advance of religions.
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