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THE POWER OF BELIEF: SPIRITUAL LANDSCAPES OF THE RURAL SOUTH -- DAVID WHARTON. Charles Reagan Wilson. George F. Thompson Publishing, Staunton, 2016. Published in association with American Land Publishing Project and Center for the Study of Southern Culture, University of Mississippi, Oxford. 176 pp. with 150 ills. and 150 reference ills. 25 x 31 cm. LC 2015-956258 ISBN 9781938086397 In English.
Publisher's description: The rural American South has no grand cathedrals or other wonder-of-the-world monuments to religious belief. Nor has it ever been the site of religious wars or large-scale religious persecutions we see throughout the world. Nevertheless, as David Wharton reveals in his remarkable new book of photographs, the rural South is a place -- a land, a region, a culture, a "way of life" -- so heavily invested in religious belief that the spiritual is constantly made manifest in the ordinary. This is how religion becomes pervasive and integral to everyday life in the South for believers and nonbelievers alike. Just as David Wharton did for his pioneering book, Small Town South, he has traveled throughout the entire South since 1999, on hundreds of trips, making thousands upon thousands of photographs about the region's spiritual landscapes -- from churches both active and abandoned in all vernacular shapes and sizes to actual church services and outdoor baptisms, from iconographic signs about Jesus and redemption and sin to welcoming gestures about the wonders of revivals and of grace and compassion. Lurking behind every image, however, is a sense of place about this most distinctive American region, in which religious commitment is confined neither to Sundays nor to individual houses of worship.
Artist(s):Wharton, David
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-2000 — Photography
Plans: 73,55
Worldwide Number: 170307
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