Religious Sensitivities Between Religion And Art Beckons Controversy And The Wrath Of Family And Community

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Religious Sensitivities

Savannah Lewis
Many artists have broken old traditions by allowing a shroud of their faith and many others have not needed or intended to do so. The clash between religion and art beckons controversy and the wrath of family and community. Despite the sensitivities, ideas, or faiths of any given group or person, religion should not create taboo stipulations on any type of art. [1a] The word taboo “On the one hand it means to us sacred, consecrated: but on the other hand it means, uncanny, dangerous, forbidden, and unclean.”[1b] The question is where is the line drawn that separates what artwork can and can’t be show without upsetting the public?
“The taboo restrictions are different from religious or moral prohibitions. They are not traced to a commandment of a god but really they themselves impose their own prohibitions; they are differentiated from moral prohibitions by failing to be included in a system which declares abstinences in general to be necessary and gives reasons for this necessity. The taboo prohibitions lack all justification and are of unknown origin. Though incomprehensible to us they are taken as a matter of course by those who are under their dominance.” [1c]
This excerpt from Sigmund Freud’s Totem and Taboo (Ch. 2), “Taboo and the Ambivalence of the Emotions,” focuses on the idea that the uncertainty is the biggest factor behind taboo and that it stems from repressed emotion within, in this case, the artist.
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