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Hindu Embodiment and the Internet

Scheifinger, Heinz

In: Heidbrink, Simone and Miczek, Nadja (Hrsgg.): Online - Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet: Vol. 04.1 Special Issue on Aesthetics and the Dimensions of the Senses, (2010),

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Abstract

Hinduism is a fully embodied religion yet it is being practised in cyberspace where a degree of disembodiment occurs. In this article I consider the nature of the body in Hinduism and discuss this in the light of Hindu religious activity online. The lack of full embodiment online suggests that widespread Hindu online activity is unsuited to cyberspace. However, an investigation of the Hindu puja ceremony and its online manifestation indicates that an important aspect of embodiment remains when an individual performs the ceremony online. Furthermore, as a result of the Hindu belief that mind and the physical external body are inextricably related, cyberspace proves to be a highly suitable environment for the carrying out of the Hindu puja ceremony.

Item Type: Article
Editors: Heidbrink, Simone and Miczek, Nadja
Journal or Publication Title: Online - Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet: Vol. 04.1 Special Issue on Aesthetics and the Dimensions of the Senses
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2010 14:51
Date: 2010
Faculties / Institutes: Philosophische Fakultät > Institut für Religionswissenschaft
Subjects: 200 Religion
Controlled Keywords: Ästhetik, Wahrnehmung, Religion
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sinne , Internet , Religiöse Praxis , Hinduismussenses , internet , religious practice , Hinduism
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