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Between Dancing and WritingThe Practice of Religious Studies$
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Kimerer L. LaMothe

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780823224036

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823224036.001.0001

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Spinning the Unity of Life

Spinning the Unity of Life

Dance as Religion

(p.179) Chapter 8 Spinning the Unity of Life
Between Dancing and Writing

Kimerer L. LaMothe

Fordham University Press

This chapter focuses on the first of five “structural relations” or conceptual nets van der Leeuw employs in order to capture coincidences of religion and dance. Here, dance appears as religion in so far as dance appears to enact the “unity of life.” The discussion explores the numerous paradoxes or rhythms nested in this claim along two axes: dance as body and dance as culture.

Keywords:   structural relations, van der Leeuw, body, dance, culture

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