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Hittin' the Prayer BonesMateriality of Spirit in the Pentecostal South$
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Anderson Blanton

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469623979

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469623979.001.0001

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Standin’ in the Gap

Standin’ in the Gap

The Materialities of Prayer

(p.156) Chapter 4 Standin’ in the Gap
Hittin' the Prayer Bones

Anderson Blanton

University of North Carolina Press

Revisiting classic ethnological theories on the contagious transmission of force, this chapter explores the place of material objects in the performance of divine communication and the practice of faith. Tracking between the devotional specificities of the practice of “standin’-in” within the context of southern Appalachia and the broader mass-mediated performances of healing prayer during the Charismatic Renewal, this section also articulates Oral Roberts’s famous notion of “the point of contact” as a physical conduit for the transmission of healing power.

Keywords:   Materiality, prosthesis/prosthetic, ritual substitution, manual imposition/laying on of hands, infrastructure, Oral Roberts, charismatic faith healing, discernment, mass media ritual

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