People perceive and evaluate spiritual and sexual images differently according to their backgrounds and belief systems. This study examined twenty-seven college students' interpretation of twenty-one Christian, Hindu, and Secular pictures with nude, semi-nude, or clothed images. Participants rated the pictures' sexual and spiritual content. Results indicate that Christian pictures were perceived as more spiritual than the Hindu and Secular art work. The spiritual rating, however, did not significantly differ depending on the nudity of the picture, but there was an effect of nudity on sexual ratings. The highest sexually rated pictures were those that were Hindu and nude.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
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University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA
Brillhart, Julie D.
"Perceptions of Spirituality and Sexuality in Religious Art Work,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 3:
1, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol3/iss1/7