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By David Morgan

"Sacred gaze" denotes any approach of in view that invests its object—an photo, someone, a time, a place—with non secular value. Drawing from many alternative fields, David Morgan investigates key elements of imaginative and prescient and imagery in a number of spiritual traditions. His full of life, leading edge ebook explores how audience take up and procedure non secular imagery and the way their event contributes to the social, highbrow, and perceptual development of truth. Ranging extensively from thirteenth-century Japan and eighteenth-century Tibet to modern the USA, Thailand, and Africa, The Sacred Gaze discusses the non secular features of pictures and the instruments audience use to interpret them. Morgan questions how worry and disgust of pictures relate to each other and explains how students learn the lengthy and evolving histories of pictures as they cross from tradition to tradition. An exciting strand of the narrative info how photographs have helped to form renowned conceptions of gender and masculinity. the hole bankruptcy considers definitions of "visual tradition" and the way those relate to the normal perform of artwork history.

Amply illustrated with greater than seventy photos from assorted non secular traditions, this masterful interdisciplinary learn presents a entire and obtainable source for everybody attracted to how non secular pictures and visible perform order house and time, converse with the transcendent, and embrace kinds of communion with the divine. The Sacred Gaze is an essential creation to the learn of the visible tradition of religions.

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