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(Dys-Functionalist Theory of Religion) Lag Ba’Omer Coronavirus (Dying for God)

Going back to Durkheim, sociologists of religion who assume a functionalist interpretation of religion look to religion and ritual as something that brings and holds a society together, regenerates it. A dys-functionalist approach to the study of religion and ritual … Continue reading

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(Rudolph Lecture) The Navel of the Dream: Freud’s Jewish Languages (Naomi Seidman) (Syracuse)

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Fact & Freud (The Totemic Father & Origin of Religion)

Something I realized last semester working through Totem and Taboo with graduate students runs counter to the usual argument that Freud had no evidence with which to posit totemism as the first form of religion, and to speculate that the … Continue reading

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Gods – Photographs

If you could photograph a god, what would a god look like? Naked and chiaroscuro. Anthropomorphic, not apophatic. Not the god-itself, and not the first figure of a god in the form of an icon or idol, but the image and … Continue reading

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Freud Memory Photography (Jewish Techno-Paganism) (Mary Bergstein)

A friend recommended and I liked a lot, loved it actually, Mary Bergstein’s Mirrors of Memory: Freud, Photography, and the History of Art. In this book about everything, Bergstein writes about art, psychology, archaeology, religion, medicine, but primarily about the … Continue reading

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Sigmund Freud Sunshades and Eyeglass Case (Fashionista)

Sigmund Freud, modern fashion plate. It’s not cheap, to look like a prosthetic god. Sunshades and case on sale at the Neue Galerie in New York.

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