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The Sacred and the Profane by Mircea Eliade
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Jul 06, 2009

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Seminal, as they say, work that compares, contrasts, and gives historical context to human concepts of holy, or sacred space ("sacred ground", etc), time (holy calendars, seasonal ceremonies, etc), and actions (initiation rituals, etc), as opposed to the secular (or "profane") equivalent of same. Useful and informative, though I could have lived with a little less of the arcane and occasionally opaque language.

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