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2014.01.08 | Talent development, Interdisciplinær religionsforskning, Religionsvidenskab

Joint PhD degree in the cognitive science of religion

Breaking news: Joint PhD degree in the cognitive science of religion between Aarhus and Belfast

Kavadi ritual, where participants pierce their skin with needles and skewers and walk for hours carrying heavy bamboo structures called kavadi before climbing a mountain to offer these structures to the temple of Murugan.
Dimitris Xygalatas, Assistant Professor, Aarhus University, Department of Culture and Society, Center for Interacting Minds (IMC).

2013.07.29 | Research, Religionsvidenskab

Ritual suffering can increase prosociality

An international team of researchers led by Dimitris Xygalatas from Interacting Minds Centre at Aarhus University brought experimental methods into a field setting to investigate the effects of one of the world’s most extreme rituals. Although social scientists have long argued that such rituals may function to promote prosocial attitudes and…

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