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CA 374 April 7 - CA 374 4/7 Importance of the Visual in...

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CA 374 4/7 Importance of the Visual in Religious Practices - Communication o Between an individual and their divine. Use of symbols and rituals - Communion o Identifies you as a cohesive whole o Ex: Jewish postcards. Marked you as a Jew and celebrated your faith o Transcendence – allows us to access an experience of the divine outside of ourselves - Commemoration o Ex: placing stones on top of Jewish headstones. Stones have an enduring quality. - Imagination o Helps us to interpret our experiences o Ex: Tarot card – how the card is drawn determines the meaning Iconoclasm - Destroys images or symbols - “Transforms icons into idols and seeks to break the spell the idol over consciousness” - Political nature o Form of liberation – it allows for a new meaning to emerge Case Study: Lakota Sun Dance Painting - The U.S. Indian Bureau and Westernization of Native Cultures o Ethnocide – the U.S. wanted to change their livelihood and undermine and destroy their culture.
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