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From Islam to Confucianism to Voodoo, dress plays a pivotal role in religious expression. This book investigates how dress symbolically evidences both religious and social systems across a wide range of cultures - from Africa and South America to Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Caribbean. In some of these cultures, dress is part of a system of social control. Gender issues feature prominently since the control of female sexuality is often of great importance to the world's religions. Members of each ethno-religious group actively construct their own lives, and use dress symbolically. A central tenet for many of these groups is that the soul is visually manifested on the body through dress. Drawing on rich ethnographic case studies, this wide-ranging and interdisciplinary volume represents a major contribution to the study of both religion and dress.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781859734803
ISBN-10: 1859734804
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 12mm)
Pages: 236
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Linda Arthur

Linda B. Arthur Professor and Department Chair,Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design, Washington State University

Books By Author Linda Arthur

Religion, Dress and the Body by Linda Arthur

Religion, Dress and the Body

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