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Mircea Eliade

“Do what he will, he [the profane man] is an inheritor. He cannot utterly abolish his past, since he himself is a product of his past. He forms himself by a series of denials and refusals, but he continues to be haunted by the realities that he has refused and denied. To acquire a world of his own, he has desacralized the world in which his ancestors lived; but to do so he has been obliged to adopt an earlier type of behavior, and that behavior is still emotionally present in him, in one form or another, ready to be reactualized in his deepest being. ”


Mircea Eliade, The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion
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The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion by Mircea Eliade
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