REVER - Sacred texts and books: uses, practices, and meanings

REVER Nº 2 | 2021

Call open until 31-03-2021

The «sacred scriptures» in the religious history of mankind translate the memory of a link between "seeing", "reading" and "listening". Between Egyptian, Greek-Roman, or Mesopotamian statuary and Vedic, Biblical or Koranic literature there are first of all differences of perception. The image seduces the eye, imposes itself to sensory communication. The text demands the effort of penetration, favoring the development of communities of meaning, human groups that find, in the history of the passage from orality to textuality, the memory of a work of research on the enigmas of human existence. The "sacred scriptures" allowed a certain religious experience to become a testament, authorizing the constitution of traditions of reading around it, and giving rise to its literary, plastic, performative, musical appropriation, among others. Within the framework of the multiple modernities, the sacred texts and books continue to be a laboratory of social creativity, in different registers: ideological divides, logocracies, rituals, remembrance and translation practices, new transmission media, heritage itineraries, glosses, and parodies, etc.   

                                                       Edited by: Rita Mendonça Leite, Luís Correia de Sousa