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Scary or Sacred: Unmasking the rites and rituals of the season (Encore)
October 19, 2023
From studying spirituality in the horror genre to celebrating Dia de Los Muertos, we explore how people find meaning in rituals we may not fully understand.
Jonathan Greenaway
Horror and The Spiritual (Encore) October 19, 2023
Reporter Kimberly Winston explores the links and intersections between religion and horror with Dr. Jonathan Greenaway from the University of Chester in Manchester, England.  Greenaway is halfway through his two-year research investigation supported by the Templeton Religion Trust.  In this segment, Greenaway describes the ways the horror genre can explore the same questions religion grapples with, like why evil exists and where is God when people suffer. Then Dr. Greenaway recommends films, television shows, and books where religion and horror meet in meaningful ways.

Dr. Jonathan Greenaway. Expert on the intersections of horror and theology. He is the co-editor of the book Horror and Religion: New Literary Approaches to Theology, Race, and Sexuality, published by UWP in 2019. He is also the author of Theology, Horror, and Fiction, A Reading of the Gothic Nineteenth Century from Bloomsbury Academic Press. Dr. Greenaway holds a BA in English Studies and a Masters degree in Gothic Literature. He completed a PhD at the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies. Since October 2020, he has been working as a research fellow in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies on a two-year post-doctoral project funded by the Templeton Religious Trust.

You can view the video about Dr. Greenaway's study on YouTube.

Some of his recommendations:

The Healing Power of Dia de Los Muertos (Encore) October 19, 2023
Dr. Mathew Sandoval’s scholarship and research into the history and evolution of the festival known as Dia de Los Muertos was fueled by two pivotal events: as a young man traveling to Guatemala and observing the festival for the first time in a country that was not Mexico and, the death of his father.  Both inspired his research as an ethnographer seeking to map the evolution of an obscure syncretic holiday into a pop culture mainstay.   Traveling around the country gathering stories and observations, Sandoval is witnessing how the syncretic holiday ritual offers a healing practice for the broader community and discovers along the way that the history of the holiday’s survival is intimately connected to commerce.

Dr. Mathew Sandoval, Senior Lecturer at Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Culture and performance from UCLA, an MA in Individualized Study focusing on Performance Studies from NYU, and a BA in English focusing on Performance at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Dr. Sandoval is also a member of ASU's Chicano /Latino Faculty & Staff Association.

Valerie Hanley, Owner of Casa California on Olvera Street in Los Angeles, California.

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