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Title: The sudden devotion emotion: kama muta and the cultural practices whose function is to evoke it
Authors: Fiske, A. P.
Seibt, B.
Schubert, T.
Keywords: Coevolution
Collective effervescence
Communal sharing
Cultural evolution
Prosocial motives
Relational models
Self-transcendent emotions
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Abstract: When communal sharing relationships (CSRs) suddenly intensify, people experience an emotion that English speakers may label, depending on context, “moved,” “touched,” “heart-warming,” “nostalgia,” “patriotism,” or “rapture” (although sometimes people use each of these terms for other emotions). We call the emotion kama muta (Sanskrit, “moved by love”). Kama muta evokes adaptive motives to devote and commit to the CSRs that are fundamental to social life. It occurs in diverse contexts and appears to be pervasive across cultures and throughout history, while people experience it with reference to its cultural and contextual meanings. Cultures have evolved diverse practices, institutions, roles, narratives, arts, and artifacts whose core function is to evoke kama muta. Kama muta mediates much of human sociality.
Peer reviewed: yes
DOI: 10.1177/1754073917723167
ISSN: 1754-0739
Accession number: WOS:000458192400007
Appears in Collections:CIS-RI - Artigos em revistas científicas internacionais com arbitragem científica

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