By Carl Olson
If sexuality is inherently social, a similar factor might be stated approximately celibacy. An knowing of celibacy, argues Carl Olson, could be a valuable option to view the importance of the human physique inside of a social context. the aim of this ebook is to ascertain how the perform of celibacy differs cross-culturally in addition to traditionally inside a specific spiritual culture. The essays (all formerly unpublished) will show that celibacy is a fancy non secular phenomenon. The regulate of sexual hope can be utilized to divorce oneself from a uncomplicated human organic force, to split oneself from what's perceived as impure, or to distance oneself from a temporary global. inside varied spiritual traditions there are available the perform of transitority celibacy, dedication to long term everlasting celibacy, and outright condemnations of it. via keeping a country of virginity, individuals of a few spiritual traditions imitate divine types; different traditions don't admit the opportunity of emulating such paradigms. even if a non secular culture encourages or discourages it, the perform of celibacy offers us perception into its worldview, social values, gender kin, ethics, non secular roles, and realizing of the actual physique. Celibacy can give a contribution to the production of a undeniable prestige and play a job within the development of id, whereas serving as a resource of air of secrecy. In a few spiritual traditions, it truly is attainable to give up intercourse and achieve sacred prestige and fiscal help from society. every one essay within the assortment might be written by means of a professional in a specific spiritual culture. each one will deal with such questions as: Why perform a little participants of a spiritual group choose to retain a celibate sort of spiritual lifestyles? Is celibacy a prerequisite for spiritual workplace or prestige? Are there various contexts inside a given non secular culture for the perform of celibacy? What does the alternative of celibacy let us know in regards to the human physique in a specific non secular tradition? what's the symbolic value of celibacy? what's its connection to the purchase of strength? What are its actual or religious merits? the 1st choice of its variety, this e-book should be a precious source for classes in global religions, in addition to a contribution to our knowing of this very common yet difficult human phenomenon.
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28. Beard, ‘‘Sexual Status,’’ 14 n. 21; Staples, From Good Goddess to Vestal Virgin, 147. 29. Beard, ‘‘Sexual Status,’’ 21. 30. In a provocative argument, singularly ignored in subsequent scholarship on the Vestals, K. R. Prowse, ‘‘The Vestal Circle,’’ Greece and Rome 2nd Series 14 (1967): 174–187, argues that the temple of Vesta shares attributes with other ‘‘homes’’ of Rome’s ancestors and that, therefore, ‘‘the temple of Vesta guarded within its sacred circle the nameless ancestors upon whose power rested the power of Rome itself ’’ (187).
Celibacy and Religious Traditions by Carl Olson