Publication details [#13758]

Evola, Vito. 2005. Cognitive semiotics and on-line reading of religious texts: A hermeneutic model of sacred literature and everyday revelation. Consciousness, Literature and the Arts 6 (2). URL


"In this essay I propose a hermeneutic model of the higher level understanding during on-line ritual reading by devotees of their respective sacred literatures, using the instruments provided by cognitive sciences. The way a devotee reads a sacred text differs from the way he or she would read a common piece of literature or how a lay person might read the same sacred text. After providing an overview of metaphor, anthropomorphism, and the “religious brain”, I suggest how devotee-readers might make sense of a religious text and why it should be so important for their own personal everyday life. Universals are implicated in this genre of literature and the way it is interpreted."