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Godly Things: Museums, Objects and Religion (Leicester Museum Studies)
Although museums and art galleries are often compared in role and function to shrines and temples, religion itself has mostly been ignored in museums, even those displaying works originally created for purely religious purposes. In recent years, however, there has been increased interest in the study of spiritual values, particularly those of non-Western...
Although museums and art galleries are often compared in role and function to shrines and temples, religion itself has mostly been ignored in museums, even those displaying works originally created for purely religious purposes. In recent years, however, there has been increased interest in the study of spiritual values, particularly those of non-Western cultures. Fourteen contributors from museums and universities worldwide look at the themes and artifacts of religion and examine how museums handle and present this subject, which although often difficult to grasp has pervaded every human society. The first three chapters examine, from different perspectives, the principal religious themes and rituals. Then, a series of chapters looks at how religions-from Methodism to Voodou-have been presented in museums, from Belfast to Taiwan. This book will be essential reading for all who work in museums as curators, conservators, or exhibition designers; it will be equally important for students of religion, art history, and cultural>
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