The "Commendation of Souls": Body and the Senses

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This chapter reflects on people’s relationship with the Souls, be it through the ritual itself or in daily life. The Souls exert a force among the living, by defying conceptions of bodily restrained ‘selves’ and disrupting linear perceptions of time and social existence. It is argued here that the ritual’s sonic resonances, vocal modulations, body techniques, speech acts and aesthetic formation activate sensorial ambivalences and paradoxes through which religion is perceived.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExpressions of Religion
Subtitle of host publicationEthnography, Performance and the Senses
EditorsEugenia Roussou, Clara Saraiva, István Povedák
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherLIT Verlag
Number of pages29
ISBN (Print)978-3-643-91110-0
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameEthnology of Religion
PublisherLit Verlag


  • Ritual
  • Ritual performance
  • Religion
  • Sensorial ethnography
  • Aural ethnography
  • Catholic personhood
  • Performativity
  • Gender stereotype
  • Feminization


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