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Sacred objects are everywhere: Statues and paintings of gods fill museum galleries and catalog pages alike. You might also see them gracing a neighbor’s yard or upon an altar in your friend’s home.

Some dazzle in bejeweled splendor. Others may appear more humble, their luster softened through generations of hands passing them down. Oftentimes, it can feel as though sacred images are looking back.

Michael Naparstek, a lecturer in religious studies, shares his research on the ways objects express the power of divine presence in Asian religious contexts and how these objects and images play an active role in our lives. Read more at The Conversation.

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