• Authors
  • Thomas J. Csordas

Part of the Contemporary Anthropology of Religion book series (CAR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

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      Pages 1-8
  3. Charismatic Transformations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
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      Pages 11-57
    3. Thomas J. Csordas
      Pages 58-87
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      Pages 88-99
    5. Thomas J. Csordas
      Pages 100-137
  4. Navajo Transformations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
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      Pages 165-193
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      Pages 194-218
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      Pages 219-237
  5. Modulations of Embodiment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
    2. Thomas J. Csordas
      Pages 241-259
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 285-321

About this book


Exactly where is the common ground between religion and medicine in phenomena described as 'religious healing?' In what sense is the human body a cultural phenomenon and not merely a biological entity? Drawing on over twenty years of research on topics ranging from Navajo and Catholic Charismatic ritual healing to the cultural and religious implications of virtual reality in biomedical technology, Body, Meaning, Healing sensitively examines these questions about human experience and the meaning of being human. In recognizing the way that the meaningfulness of our existence as bodily beings is sometimes created in the encounter between suffering and the sacred, these penetrating ethnographic studies elaborate an experimental understanding of the therapeutic process, and trace the outlines of a cultural phenomenology grounded in embodiment.


anthropology biological enology experiment medicine society

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2002
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-0-312-29392-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-08286-2
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