Beginning with a Cuban Catholic ritual in Miami, this book takes
readers on a momentous theoretical journey toward a new
understanding of religion. At this historical moment, when movement
across boundaries is of critical importance for all areas of human
life--from media and entertainment to economy and politics--Thomas
Tweed offers a powerful vision of religion in motion, dynamic,
alive with crossings and flows.
A deeply researched, broadly gauged, and vividly written study
of religion such as few American scholars have ever attempted,
"Crossing and Dwelling" depicts religion in place and in movement,
dwelling and crossing. Tweed considers how religion situates
devotees in time and space, positioning them in the body, the home,
the homeland, and the cosmos. He explores how the religious employ
tropes, artifacts, rituals, and institutions to mark boundaries and
to prescribe and proscribe different kinds of movements across
those boundaries; and how religions enable and constrain
terrestrial, corporeal, and cosmic crossings.
Drawing on insights from the natural and social sciences,
Tweed's work is grounded in the gritty particulars of distinctive
religious practices, even as it moves toward ideas about
cross-cultural patterns. At a time when scholars in many fields shy
away from generalizations, this book offers a responsible way to
think broadly about religion, a topic that is crucial for
understanding the contemporary world. Lucid in explanations,
engaging in presentation, rich in examples, "Crossing and Dwelling"
has profound implications for the study and teaching of religion in
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