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A few really excellent chapters on temples throughout history. Interesting to read about the similarities between cultures and how temples sprang up in areas as diverse and geographically distanced as Egypt, Israel, Assyria, India, Cambodia, and China. Temples are set apart and often centered on a "primal hillock" as sacred spaces and introduce the sacred or holy into institutionalized relationships. James Livingston's book, "Anatomy of the Sacred: An Introduction to Religion" is an excellent ...more
This is the second (and currently last) volume in the Temples Through the Ages series, following Temples of the Ancient World . I enjoyed this book more than the first, for a couple of reasons. First, there was no repetition in this book. The previous volume contained multiple essays by the same author(s), and the introductions would rehash the same foundational ideas in detail. Second, this book is less than half the length of the first volume. It was easier to feel I was making progress with ...more