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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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Marking Boundaries

Marking Boundaries

Dance against Religion

(p.210) Chapter 9 Marking Boundaries
Between Dancing and Writing

Kimerer L. LaMothe

Fordham University Press

This chapter examines four other appearances of dance and religion van der Leeuw identifies: transition, antithesis, influences, and harmony. It assesses their implications for scholars in religious studies. In identifying these structural relations, van der Leeuw rejects the idea that a unity of religion and dance is ever possible, in practice or in theory. He animates the differences among the various structural relations in order to argue that there is no moment of recognizing a phenomenon as either dance or religion in which that recognition does not presuppose both the inevitability and the incomprehensibility of their simultaneous appearance.

Keywords:   dance, religion, van der Leeuw, transition, antithesis, harmony

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