Saturday, October 20, 2012

Saturday Video: The Fear of God - An Emotion and its Contexts

by Salman Hameed

Here is a lecture by Angelos Chaniotis on The Fear of God: An Emotion and its Context. Here is the description:
In Greek religion, the encounter between mortals and gods was dominated by fear. The belief in the power of gods was based on experience and enhanced through rituals. Cult regulations, narratives of punitive miracles, confession inscriptions, and funerary curses allow us to study how the fear of god was constructed, justified, and aroused through narratives and rituals. In this lecture, Professor Angelos Chaniotis discusses how the public display and recitation of such inscriptions contributed to the construction and transmission of the concept of the divine in the Hellenized East.
The lecture may be a tad dry, but it is more for those who are interested in the topic of emotion. Here is the video:


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