Sacred space and making the world sacred, is an extract from theorist Mircea Eliade’s 1987 book The Sacred and The Profane: The Nature of Religion. Mircea Eliade’s argument is that there is no such thing as a homogeneous space, even for the non-religious man. He presents this argument that all religions share something in common, by identifying the difference between the sacred and the profane it gives us a meaning of life. According to Eliade, “Where the sacred manifests it-self in space, the real unveils itself, the world comes into existence,” this manifestation can occur in the form of a hierophany or a theophany; both allow us to identify our axis mundi or absolute fixed. Hierophany being the manifestation of the holy and theophany means manifestation of God or the divine into the mundane world. To support his argument, Eliade presents us with his five key points regarding religion. To the religious man, religion differentiates between sacred and profane space through hierophany and theophany. Second, as presented in creation stories it has the ability to orients us; allowing us to identify our place in the cosmos. “Life is not possible without and opening toward the transcendent; in other words, human beings cannot live in chaos”. According Elaide, the religious man hungers after the transcendent and for that reason he needs an axis mundi; a sacred world center that permits him to communicate with the divine. His fourth key point is the consecration of sacred space, for the religious man it is the repeating of the cosmogony in the name of their God. In his final key point Eliade compares and contrasts the religious man and the modern man. According to him, “religious man can live only in a sacred world…it is there that he has real existence,” for that reason he hungers after the transcendent. According to Eliade, non-religious man on the other hand leaves us disoriented about our existence. Their idea of a sacred space differs from that of the religious man;
May 30, 2013
Sacred or Holy places are found throughout different cultures, past and present events that have been marked throughout the world. Some of these places have landmarks of some kind of architecture or symbols. I believe sacred places are not always marked but have true significance to the person. A sacred place is a place that is use by many but; some people are lacking those kinds of places like people that have anger problem. Some lack that sacred place and maybe if….
Philosopher Mircea Eliade describes sacred space as “Every sacred space implies a hierophony, an irruption of the sacred that results in detaching a territory from the surrounding cosmic milieu and making it qualitatively different” (Eliade, 26). After a recent trip to Santuario de Chimayo, I was able to refer to and apply Eliade’s ideas about sacred space to my own research. I have come to the conclusion that Mircea Eliade’s Theological Approach on sacred sites is very logical and truthful. Sacred sites….
Mircea Eliade’s The Sacred and the Profane analyzes a wide variety of components that are found within various world religions. Eliade uses the history of religion to support his ideas as the the book itself is a brief introduction to religion as a whole, particulary the religions of primitive societies. Nonetheless, when looking to the past one can see that mankind’s desire to associate itself with the sacred has been occuring for thousands of years. From temples to passages of intiation, religious….
Mircea Eliade On Religion
Several people find Mircea Eliade’s view on religion similar to Emile Durkheim’s, but in truth, it is similar to Tylor and Frazer’s. One of Eliade’s major works was The Sacred and the Profane. In his writings he explains that his understanding of religion are two concepts: the sacred and the profane. The profane consists of things that are ordinary, random, and unimportant, while the sacred is the opposite. The sacred “is the sphere of supernatural, of things extraordinary….
The sacred and its opposite the profane are distinguishable from within a certain religion, by it’s followers. Sacred objects, places or concepts are believed by followers to be intimately connected with God or a divinity and are thus greatly revered.
For a devotee or believer the world is split into the sacred or the profane. The German theologian Rudolf Otto, in The Idea of the Holy stated that the sacred was, derived from a sense of the numinous. The numinous is explained as a"non-rational….
In ancient Greece, ancient Egypt, and in the Minoan civilizations, they all used different thing for their use of sacred spaces. In ancient Greece they mad large palaces to appease the Greek gods and goddess. In ancient Egypt they used different techniques to appease the Egyptian gods and goddess. In the Minoan civilization they too also practice religious things however they do something that both Greece and Egypt do not, which is human sacrifices. They all use buildings to show/appease their gods….
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Sacred places represent the essential spirit of human kind, and at some point in time, was part of a significant event, ceremony, or spiritual worship. People venture to sacred places to satisfy the human spirit 's desire for communion with themselves and their collective humanity. Sacred sites are the most loved and visited places on planet earth. When one arrives at a spiritual destination they find themselves closer to their individual….
The World Trade Center: A Sacred Site
R. Clark, J. Frazier
July 4, 2010
University of Phoenix
The World Trade Center: Sacred Site
Myths, while imagined, have their own explanations of the divine, that to the faithful and those who take the myth on 'faith ', see as true, sacred and unquestioned. For those who do not see myths as religion and the lore and stories in it mere 'stories ', events and elements in it are curiously close to the beliefs and persuasive elements….
glorifies Beatrice and reveals her absolute sacredness, "Heaven, which has no other defect but to have her" (VN 19:7). As the title of this essay suggests, the concept of sacredness also applies to time ("born, lived, and died" are events in time) and space ("city"), which are continuous themes throughout the Vita nuova.
The sacredness of Beatrice is made apparent very early in the text. The Dante persona first meets Beatrice at the age of nine, and describes the encounter with Biblical language, "first….
book The Sacred Balance, David Suzuki has attempted to overcome the doom fatigue' so his ideas of conservation and environmental management do not become the monotonous endeavours of intimidation that many environmentalists employ. The extensive use of diagrams, quotes, anecdotes and statistics are utilised to create a holistic portrayal of our dependence on the environment, thus reinforcing Suzuki's attitude that society needs to treat the planet as though it were sacred. While The Sacred Balance….