aniconism


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aniconism

(ænˈaɪkənɪzəm)
n
the belief in not using or worshipping images of deities

aniconism

1. the worship of an object symbolizing, but not representing God.
2. an opposition to icons or idols. — aniconic, adj.
See also: God and Gods
Translations
aniconisme
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The following are suggestive and deserve a closer scrutiny for anyone interested in a full study of aniconism in ancient Israel: Taylor's understanding of the Taanach cult stand,(87) the numerous seals with astral motifs,(88) and the numerous horse-and-rider figurines.
13) The aniconism of the Persians, which is a common topos among Greek and Latin classical and Late Antique authors, (14) probably correctly reflects the aniconic nature of the "official" Achaemenid worship (15)--although it is likely that when the Persian kings paid homage to the gods of the Babylonians, for instance, this involved veneration of cultic statues.
Another reason Maus is interesting is that it's so savvy about aniconism [the religious opposition to the use of visual images to depict living creatures or religious figures].
Aniconism is a function of biblical monotheism's uncompromising opposition to idolatry, to wit, what in Hebrew is called avodah zarah, "alien worship.
In this under standing, Islam's position with respect to images fosters aniconism, permits only non-optically naturalist images when and if images occur, and propels the ascendance of calligraphy and geometrically based abstraction, which succeed because they are supplementary to figuration, with its unbridled possibility.
55) On aniconism in Islamic art, see among others: Burckhardt, T.
The policies of all the Sultans who followed, and especially of Suleiman the Magnificent, reinforced the privileging of writing, which joined Koranic culture, on the one hand, to the central aesthetic principle of aniconism, on the other.
This, the first volume of the series, contains the entries Aaron through aniconism.
For Bland, this lack of total consistency in Kaplan's worldview is proof of the "durability of confidence in Jewish aniconism (i.
So Spencer, as well as others concerned, would have it that it is especially the sculpted images of the Cherubim that "bluntly violate the strict aniconism of the Israelite cult.
Below that animal, the arch encompasses an unmarked (except by tika and puja offerings such as red powder) space of concrete or stone--in the Dhumbarahi temple, one can see this same arch used to confine or highlight small protruding stones, but in the empty chandrashala form of aniconism, there are no such protuberances.
In the book I state that "the exploration of resistance in the historiographical realm leads directly to profound questions regarding culture and cultural artifacts, such as atavism, taboo, aniconism," the purported lack or negation of the icon or image associated with Jewish culture in modernity.