The Body in Asia

The Body in Asia

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The past few decades have seen growing interest in the study of the body, not least thanks to Michel Foucaults historical studies of medicine in the 1970s, which inspired the initial development of the contemporary study of the human body. However, the increasing number of exciting and influential publications has primarily, if not exclusively, focused on the body in Western cultures. The various works produced by Asian scholars remain largely unknown to Western academic debates even though Asia is home to a host of rich body cultures and religions. The peoples of Asia have experienced colonization, decolonization, and now globalization, all of which make the qbody in Asiaq a rewarding field of research. This volume is unique, as it brings together into a single volume a number of scholars who work on East, Southeast and South Asia and presents original and cutting-edge research on the body in various Asian cultures.The human body was a recurrent issue in medieval theological works including speculations about the physical survival of the Virgin ... and Redemption, notes that Aquinas argued that a a#39;full person does not exist until body (matter) is restored to its form at the end of timea#39;. ... Would for example the finger nails of an individual all be restored with resurrection? ... Belief in the existence of natural substances or elixirs produced from them that could prolong life was a significant aspect ofanbsp;...

Title:The Body in Asia
Author:Bryan S. Turner, Yangwen Zheng
Publisher:Berghahn Books - 2009


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