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Embodied EyeReligious Visual Culture and the Social Life of Feeling$
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David Morgan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520272224

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520272224.001.0001

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The Enchantment of Media

The Enchantment of Media

Hearing and Seeing

(p.160) Chapter 7 The Enchantment of Media
Embodied Eye

David Morgan

University of California Press

This chapter describes how sound created silence, which offers the temporal space where sacred objects—the shofar, the bread and wine, the liturgical regalia of the Mass—are staged. This scenario is particularly evident in the mass, wherein the ringing bell signals the arrival of the sacred object, and is registered in the bodies of the worshipers, who bowed or kneeled. Sensation in this instance is enchanted—capable of producing considerable public effects, quieting people and gathering them into a single company, a unified social body as well as a shared identity. Thus, the enchantment of the objects or media occurs as a synergism: discrete bodies configured by sound yield an embodied sense of community.

Keywords:   sound, silence, temporal space, sacred objects, mass, worshipers, media

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