By Ingvild Saelid Gilhus

Laughing Gods, Weeping Virgins analyses how laughter has been used as an emblem in myths, rituals and gala's of Western religions, and has therefore been inscribed in spiritual discourse. The Mesopotamian Anu, the Israelite Jahweh, the Greek Dionysos, the Gnostic Christ and the overdue glossy Jesus have been all guffawing gods. via their laughter, gods turn out either their superiority and their proximity to humans.
In this complete examine, Professor Gilhus examines the connection among corporeal human laughter and religious divine laughter from c`ussical antiquity, to the Christian West and the trendy period. She combines the examine of the heritage of faith with social-scientific methods, to supply an unique and pertinent exploration of a common human phenomenon, and its importance for the advance of religions.

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