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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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Conclusion to Part Two: Can Dance Be Religion?

Conclusion to Part Two: Can Dance Be Religion?

(p.229) Conclusion to Part Two: Can Dance Be Religion?
Between Dancing and Writing

Kimerer L. LaMothe

Fordham University Press

This chapter presents a conclusion to Part 2 of this book. By approaching coincidences of religion and dance through his mediating phenomenological practice, van der Leeuw is able to comprehend the apparent antithesis of dance and religion embedded in the study of religion as a function of a “structural” or “comprehensible” association connecting those phenomena that appear as “dance” and those appearing as “religion.” In the process, he resists both the theological bias against dance fuelled by a lingering Protestant paradigm, and the anti-theological ignorance of dance as a nonverbal and naive medium of religious life. His work suggests that writing and dancing are interdependent modes of knowledge, equally implicated in the study of religion. Through these expositions, the value of van der Leeuw's method for the contemporary study of religion appears.

Keywords:   van der Leeuw, antithesis, dancing, writing, religion

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