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Praying Aloud or in Silence?: On Conceptual Blending and Emotions in the Analysis of Rituals
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Religious Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9963-8124
2011 (English)In: Religion, a Human Phenomenon: Xxth World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions: Proceedings, Toronto: International Association for the History of Religions , 2011, 264- p.Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this paper I try to apply theories from cognitive linguistics, mainly the idea of "conceptual blending" as outlined by Fauconnier and Turner in their book "The Way We Think" (2002). Arguments and metaphors, they hold, can be analyzed as conceptual blends. In an article from 2005, Edward Slingerland connects this theory with the concept of "somatic markers" or "gut feelings" as developed by the neurologist Antonio Damasio (1994). Slingerland argues that the somatic markers are important when presenting an argument. We do not only rely on the purely rational capacities of our listeners when we argue, but by connecting our arguments to somatic markers we appeal to the feelings of those we try to convince. Two basic arguments in my paper is 1) that rituals can be analyzed as conceptual blends, and 2) that an important function of many rituals is that they reinforce certain basic feelings, thereby disposing the performer of a specific ritual to follow the norms that underlie the current interpretation of that ritual. As an example I use the controversy on the Muslim salat among the Gayo people of Sumatra, that John R. Bowen describes in his works (1984, 1993).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Toronto: International Association for the History of Religions , 2011. 264- p.
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Intercultural Studies, Koranens användning i muslimskt andaktsliv
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-5382ISBN: 978-0-9876934-0-2 (print)OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:5382DiVA: diva2:522263
Conference
XX:th World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions, Toronto, 15-20 augusti, 2010
Projects
Conceptual blending, somatiska markörer och analys av riter
Available from: 2011-02-23 Created: 2011-02-23 Last updated: 2017-04-21Bibliographically approved

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