The Sacred and the Profane

The Nature of Religion

Author: Mircea Eliade

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780156792011

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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A noted historian of religion traces manifestations of the sacred from primitive to modern times, in terms of space, time, nature and the cosmos, and life itself. Index. Translated by Willard Trask.

The Sacred and the Profane

The Nature of Religion

Author: Mircea Eliade

Publisher: New York : Harper & Row


Category: Holy, The

Page: 256

View: 5758

The Sacred and the Profane

The Nature of Religion

Author: Mircea Eliade

Publisher: Mariner Books

ISBN: 9780156792011

Category: Religion

Page: 256

View: 2489

A noted historian of religion traces manifestations of the sacred from primitive to modern times, in terms of space, time, nature and the cosmos, and life itself. Index. Translated by Willard Trask.

The Forge and the Crucible

The Origins and Structure of Alchemy

Author: Mircea Eliade

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226203904

Category: Philosophy

Page: 238

View: 1349

Primitive man's discovery of the ability to change matter from one state to another brought about a profound change in spiritual behavior. In The Forge and the Crucible, Mircea Eliade follows the ritualistic adventures of these ancient societies, adventures rooted in the people's awareness of an awesome new power. The new edition of The Forge and the Crucible contains an updated appendix, in which Eliade lists works on Chinese alchemy published in the past few years. He also discusses the importance of alchemy in Newton's scientific evolution.

The Location of Religion

A Spatial Analysis

Author: Kim Knott

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317313690

Category: Religion

Page: 288

View: 7254

The ways in which humans interact with their location is an important topic within sociological studies of religion. It is integral to the place of religion in secular society. 'The Location of Religion: A Spatial Analysis' offers an overview of the ways in which religion can be located within social, cultural and physical space. It examines contemporary spatial theory - notably the work of the influential sociologist Henri Lefebvre - and the many disciplines that have contributed to the spatial study of religion. This volume will be invaluable to all those interested in the role of religion in spatial analysis.

The Idea of the Holy

Author: Rudolf Otto

Publisher: Ravenio Books


Category: Philosophy

Page: 205

View: 8578

The Idea of the Holy is one of the enduring classics of 20th-century German theology. The Lutheran theologian Rudolf Otto coined the term “numinous” and defined it as a “non-rational, non-sensory experience or feeling whose primary and immediate object is outside the self.” Otto’s work had a massive influence on thinkers as diverse as Paul Tillich and C.S. Lewis. The book contains the following chapters: I. The Rational and the Non-rational II. ‘Numen’ and the ‘Numinous’ III. The Elements in the ‘Numinous’ IV. Mysterium Tremendum V. The Analysis of ‘Mysterium’ VI. The Element of Fascination VII. Analogies and Associated Feelings VIII. The Holy as a Category of Value IX. Means of Expression of the Numinous X. The Numinous in the Old Testament XI. The Numinous in the New Testament XII. The Numinous in Luther XIII. The Two Processes of Development XIV. The Holy as an A Priori Category XV. Its Earliest Manifestations XVI. The ‘Cruder’ Phases XVII. The Holy as an A Priori Category XVIII. The Manifestations of the ‘Holy’ and the Faculty of ‘Divination’ XIX. Divination in Primitive Christianity XX. Divination in Christianity Today XXI. History and the A Priori in Religion: Summary and Conclusion

Rites and symbols of initiation

The mysteries of birth and rebirth. Transl. from the French by Willard R.Trask

Author: Mircea Eliade

Publisher: N.A


Category: Initiation rites

Page: 175

View: 6729

Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy

Author: Mircea Eliade

Publisher: Bollingen

ISBN: 9780691098272

Category: Shamanism

Page: 610

View: 5786

A survey of all shamanisms within the framework of the history of religions.

Soil and Sacrament

A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith

Author: Fred Bahnson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451663307

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 7226

Recounts the author's experiences founding a faith-based community garden in rural North Carolina, and emphasizes how growing one's own food can help readers reconnect with the land and divine faith.

Ancient Religions

Author: N.A

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674039181

Category: History

Page: 284

View: 4118

Religious beliefs and practices, which permeated all aspects of life in antiquity, traveled well-worn routes throughout the Mediterranean: itinerant charismatic practitioners peddled their skills as healers, purifiers, cursers, and initiators; and vessels decorated with illustrations of myths traveled with them. This collection of essays, drawn from the groundbreaking reference work Religion in the Ancient World, offers an expansive, comparative perspective on this complex spiritual world.

Magic, Science and Religion and the Scope of Rationality

Author: Stanley J. Tambiah

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521376310

Category: Social Science

Page: 187

View: 8791

This accessible and illuminating book explores the classical opposition between magic, science and religion.


The Study of Myths and Rituals

Author: William G. Doty

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

ISBN: 0817310061

Category: Religion

Page: 577

View: 5445

This new edition of William Doty's critically acclaimed study provides a comprehensive guidebook to the many schools of interpretation in this burgeoning field. William Doty's popular text has been hailed as the most comprehensive work of its kind. Extensively rewritten and completely restructured, the new edition provides further depth and perspective and is even more accessible to students of myth. It includes expanded coverage of postmodern and poststructuralist perspectives, the Gernet Center, mythic iconography, neo-Jungian approaches, and cultural studies, and it summarizes what is new in the study of Greek myth, iconography, French classical scholarship, and ritual studies. It also features a comprehensive index of names and topics, a glossary, an up-to-date annotated bibliography, and a guide to myth on the Internet. Presenting all major myth theorists from antiquity to the present, Mythography is an encyclopedic work that offers a cross-disciplinary approach to the study of myth. By reflecting the dramatic increase in interest in myth among both scholars and general readers since publication of the first edition, it remains a key study of modern approaches to myth and an essential guide to the wealth of mythographic research available today. William G. Doty is Professor of Humanities and Religious Studies at The University of Alabama and editor of Mythosphere: A Journal for Image, Myth, and Symbol.

Purity and Danger

An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo

Author: Professor Mary Douglas,Mary Douglas

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136489274

Category: Social Science

Page: 202

View: 1054

Purity and Danger is acknowledged as a modern masterpiece of anthropology. It is widely cited in non-anthropological works and gave rise to a body of application, rebuttal and development within anthropology. In 1995 the book was included among the Times Literary Supplement's hundred most influential non-fiction works since WWII. Incorporating the philosophy of religion and science and a generally holistic approach to classification, Douglas demonstrates the relevance of anthropological enquiries to an audience outside her immediate academic circle. She offers an approach to understanding rules of purity by examining what is considered unclean in various cultures. She sheds light on the symbolism of what is considered clean and dirty in relation to order in secular and religious, modern and primitive life.

Myth and Reality

Author: Mircea Eliade

Publisher: Waveland Press

ISBN: 1478608617

Category: Social Science

Page: 204

View: 4230

An informative guide to the modern mythologies! This classic study, translated from the original French, deals primarily with societies around the world in which myth isor was until very recentlyliving, in the sense that it supplies models for human behavior and, by that very fact, gives meaning and value to life. The author believes that understanding the structure and function of myths in these traditional societies serves to clarify a stage in the history of human thought: myths reveal that the World, man, and life have a supernatural origin and history, and that this history is significant, precious, and exemplary.

Contesting the Sacred

The Anthropology of Christian Pilgrimage

Author: John Eade,Michael J. Sallnow

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1625640854

Category: Religion

Page: 188

View: 7869

Whether a pilgrimage centers around a place, a visionary individual, or a text, it brings widely diverse individuals and their beliefs, doctrines, and expectations into contact with each other. This important collection assesses the qualities and power of pilgrimage shrines as sites for accommodating various, often competing, meanings and practices, both among pilgrims and between shrine custodians and devotees. Contributors discuss the highly organized shrine at Lourdes and also the shrine at San Giovanni Rotondo in Sangiovannesi, Italy, where conflicting interests among townspeople and pilgrims have crystallized around the life and the remains, respectively, of a holy man. Other contributors consider the competing images of Jerusalem among pilgrims of various Christian faiths-Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Christian Zionist-and explore the unique attributes of shrines in Sri Lanka and Peru. A major advance in understanding the complexity of pilgrimage, Contesting the Sacred provides valuable insight into the process of exchange between human beings and the divine that gives pilgrimage its central rationale. John Eade's new introduction places the book's theoretical frame in the context of recent thinking and writing on pilgrimage and considers the impact of globalization and tourism on pilgrimage cults and sites.

Taking the Red Pill

Science, Philosophy and Religion in the The Matrix

Author: Glenn Yeffeth

Publisher: Penguin Books

ISBN: 9780143002901

Category: Matrix (Motion picture)

Page: 298

View: 892

Taking the Red Pillis a mind-expanding thrill ride through The Matrix, exploring the inner meanings and hidden truths embedded in the super-slick action. Here, scientists, philosophers, and science fiction writers offer provocative new perspectives on the technological challenges, religious symbolism and philosophical dilemmas presented in the film. Taking the Red Pillwill change how you view The Matrix- and the world around you.

The Golden Bough

Author: James George Frazer

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486424927

Category: Social Science

Page: 756

View: 9307

An expert in myth and religion, the author spent over a quarter-century assembling this study of the cults, rites, and myths of antiquity. Frazer's definitions of "magic," "religion," and "science" were useful to his successors in social anthropology, and his explications of ancient legends influenced generations of writers and poets.

Indian Cultures As Heritage

Contemporary Pasts

Author: Romila Thapar

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9789384067359

Category: India

Page: 222

View: 8390

Map is Not Territory

Studies in the History of Religions

Author: Jonathan Z. Smith

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226763576

Category: Religion

Page: 329

View: 2333

In Map Is Not Territory, Jonathan Z. Smith engages previous interpretations of religious texts from late antiquity, critically evaluates the notion of sacred space and time as it is represented in the works of Mircea Eliade, and tackles important problems of methodology.