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6 - Digital Devotion: Musical Multimedia in Online Ritual and Religious Practice

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  30 August 2019

Nicholas Cook
Affiliation:
University of Cambridge
Monique M. Ingalls
Affiliation:
Baylor University, Texas
David Trippett
Affiliation:
University of Cambridge
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This chapter examines the role of music and sacred sound in three types of digital devotional rituals, interpreting these through the lenses of scholarship in media, music and religious studies. In examining these digital devotional practices, including virtual pilgrimages, digital music resources for offline use, and online devotional screen media, the chapter addresses several interrelated questions, including how and in what contexts music is used in online ritual; to what extent music connects online and offline religious practices; and how engaging in music within participatory digital technologies is changing how people experience and practice their religious faith. Addressing these questions through the lens of musical and audio-visual experience will help scholars understand and assess the implications of music within the digital apparatus on religious authority, religious experience and the formation of religious communities.

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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2019

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