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Religion and its monsters

Author: Timothy K Beal
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2002.
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Publisher description: Timothy K. Beal writes about the monsters that lurk in our religious texts, and reveals how monsters and religion are irrevocably entwined. According to Beal, we can learn something about religion by getting to know its monsters, and we can learn something about monsters by investigating their religious roots. As Timothy Beal follows monsters throughout religious texts and traditions, he also  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Timothy K Beal
ISBN: 0415925878 9780415925877 0415925886 9780415925884
OCLC Number: 46634180
Description: x, 235 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction. Genesis 1, take two ; Religion and its monsters, monsters and their religion ; Paradox of the monstrous ; Demonizing and deifying ; Monstrum tremendum, mysterium tremendum. Part I : Religion and its monsters: --
1. Chaos Gods. Fragments from the ancient Near East ; To Order and back ; Chaos Mother ; The Cloudrider and the Warrior Goddess ; No rest --
2. The Bible and horror. Biblical monster and mad professors ; Water play or water fight ; Disorientation and theological horror ; Monstrous enemies ; Conjuring --
3. The sleep of wisdom. Job and the Abyss of Suffering ; Absence of all refuge ; Desiring Chaos ; Lyricism of terror --
4. From the whirlwind. Rousing God, rousing Leviathan ; Diapered monster ; Behold Behemoth ; Drawing out Leviathan ; Wholly other ; Divine abyss --
5. Dinner and a show. Watching and eating monsters in Rabbinic tradition ; Seafaring tales of the Rabbis ; Fresh, frozen, or salt-cured ; Is this monster Kosher? ; Jonah's undersea adventure --
6. To the Devil. Apocalypse ; It's the edge of the world as we know it ; Diabolical dragon ; The monster-maker's bible's bible ; From Beowulf to Dracula to Harry Potter. Part II : Monsters and their religion : --
7. New monsters in old skins. Modern Chaos battles ; Hobbes' mortall God ; Theophany ; But why Leviathan? ; Awe and Order ; Hellraiser --
8. Other Gods. Orientalism and its monsters ; The witch's monkeys ; Rama's monkeys ; Horrid chambers of imagery ; Diabolical monsters ; Sublime monsters ; Disoriented monsters --
9. The blood is the life. Ritual purity and danger in Dracula ; The Count's religion ; Laws pertaining to blood ; Flesh of my flesh, blood of my blood ; Rituals of resacralization ; Transfusion ; One wedding and a funeral ; Last battle --
10. Screening monsters. Movie time ; sacred time ; Monstrous revelations (Nosferatu and Shadow of the vampire) ; Stage rite (Dracula) ; Exorcism (Metropolis) --
11. Ecomonster. I am become Death ; Ecohorror on screen ; Demythologizing the monster ; Shooting the monster ; These are ourselves --
12. Our monsters, ourselves. Island of the misfit boys ; Bela's hideous progeny ; Cthulhu mythos ; Lovecraft's hideous progeny ; From scholars to the campus crusade for Cthulhu ; Homesickness. Conclusion. Here be monsters ; Warning.
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