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The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion

The Sacred and the Profane The Nature of Religion In the classic text The Sacred and the Profane famed historian of religion Mircea Eliade observes that even moderns who proclaim themselves residents of a completely profane world are still unconscio

  • Title: The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion
  • Author: Mircea Eliade Willard R. Trask
  • ISBN: 9780156792011
  • Page: 242
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the classic text The Sacred and the Profane, famed historian of religion Mircea Eliade observes that even moderns who proclaim themselves residents of a completely profane world are still unconsciously nourished by the memory of the sacred Eliade traces manifestations of the sacred from primitive to modern times in terms of space, time, nature, and the cosmos In doingIn the classic text The Sacred and the Profane, famed historian of religion Mircea Eliade observes that even moderns who proclaim themselves residents of a completely profane world are still unconsciously nourished by the memory of the sacred Eliade traces manifestations of the sacred from primitive to modern times in terms of space, time, nature, and the cosmos In doing so he shows how the total human experience of the religious man compares with that of the nonreligious This book of great originality and scholarship serves as an excellent introduction to the history of religion, but its perspective also encompasses philosophical anthropology, phenomenology, and psychology It will appeal to anyone seeking to discover the potential dimensions of human existence.

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    The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion

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    1. Mircea Eliade Willard R. Trask says:
      Romanian born historian of religion, fiction writer, philosopher, professor at the University of Chicago, and one of the pre eminent interpreters of world religion in this century Eliade was an intensely prolific author of fiction and non fiction alike, publishing over 1,300 pieces over 60 years He earned international fame with LE MYTHE DE L TERNAL RETOUR 1949, The Myth of the Eternal Return , an interpretation of religious symbols and imagery Eliade was much interested in the world of the unconscious The central theme in his novels was erotic love.Bibliography

    Comment 668 on “The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion

    1. Riku Sayuj says:
      This Ontological ThirstMore a survey of sacred practices than an insightful deconstruction, Eliade s work gets repetitive beyond a point as it keeps on multiplying examples, never coming to conclusions that go past a premise that is interesting but is also a truism, by construction.Eliade s primary objective is to define the fundamental opposition between sacred and profane This is done by showcasing the very perception of human mind towards the sacred and by categorizing the human mind society [...]

    2. Hadrian says:
      This is one of those books which aims for a universal approach to its subject, but then dropped off the map in terms of citations and further research and remains only in introductory courses Almost like the historians elephant in the room Toynbee This volume presents a synthesis of several ideas, with the majority of the text devoted to examples Eliade proposes a strict division between what is defined as the sacred and the profane , marked in space and time through stories of the origin of the [...]

    3. Michael Brady says:
      The atheist is probably right, but homo religiosus has all the fun Me, I find indulging my agnosticism by way of a deep interest in the history and philosophy of religion interesting that being an angry anti theist In that pursuit I am indebted to historians, philosophers, psychologists, and theologians of the 20th century Useful guides in this territory have included Tillich, Otto, James, Jung, Campbell, and several times now, Eliade The Sacred and the Profane The Nature of Religion is the mos [...]

    4. MissSugarTown says:
      Un tr s bon livre d introduction l Histoire des religions qui a aussi fait un gros m nage dans ma t te

    5. Erik Graff says:
      Eliade was frequently assigned for seminary classes As a consequence I came to perceive him as redundant, each book repeating many of the points made by others previously read This book is a bit different in that he consciously works off Otto s Idea of the Holy, a book I d read in college What struck me as original at the time was Eliade s treatment of the axis mundi, whereby all is oriented.Eliade s personal history was unknown to me at the time of reading his books Since then, thanks to an art [...]

    6. Carvedwood says:
      Every new initiate to any religion eventually finds themselves at a point when they re no longer satisfied by Because God said so as the only answer to every question they ask This book was recommended to me at a point when I was struggling to advance past the neophyte stage in my faith It was incredibly frustrating that all the books I could find regarding the subject were written for absolute beginners, and I latched onto this book the way a drowning person would latch onto a lifesaver Despite [...]

    7. Hà Nguyễn says:
      M t cu n s ch dung d nh ng kh ng d c T i ph i b d trong l n th u ti n r i l n th hai th y m i s d d ng, tr i ch y R r ng y l m t t i li u c vi t v i m c ch ban u l gi ng d y nh l i gi i thi u N u ch d ng m t c u m t n i dung th y l cu n s ch v i s ng t n gi o c a lo i ng i d ng t a ph ngay b a 1 B n ch t c a t n gi o c ph n qu khoa tr ng S ch hay, d ch t t v ng c.

    8. Zoltán says:
      Gondolat breszt s inspir l olvasm ny, mint ltal ban az sszes Eliade tanulm ny Meg ri elolvasni A t rt nettudom nyban elt lt tt kis id ut n azonban egyfajta eg szs ges szkepszis alakul ki az emberben az sszehasonl t vall si st diumokkal szemben Ez ak r a behaviorizmus versus kultur lis meghat rozotts g szembe ll t s nak v glet ig is vezethetne benn nket, noha erre semmi sz ks g nincsen mind ssze annak fel s elismer s r l van sz , hogy az egyes kultur lis k pz dm nyek l tsz lagos hasonl s ga csak [...]

    9. Kelly Bryson says:
      I m learning lots of new words This very scholarly work is a look into the archetypal symbols that differentiate the sacred and the profane from mythology to architecture, even the way we experience time But since, as Eliade purports, archetypes cannot be changed, only added upon, it s very helpful to this writer to have a conscious understanding of what symbols I invoke Lots of interesting thoughts after reading this is there one way to approach God of are the symbols all pointing in the same [...]

    10. Jay D says:
      A great work on comparative religion Eliade is a master knowledgable of all traditions, and able to collate and analyze them, yet not in a dry, rational way The chief thesis here is that traditional man understood the entire cosmos, as well as time, as sacred Modern man, due to materialism and naturalism, has rejected this aspect and thus lost his soul Esotericists and liturgists will have to read this.

    11. Kevin says:
      If my history is right, i believe it was Durkheim who first established the sacred profane dichotomy Eliade puts it to good use And though it is unclear to me at present which of the 4 primary interpretations of Husserl Eliade adopts, his analysis of a religious intentionally seems to me altogether accurate Eliade s story of the phenomenologically universal makeup of people s sacred profane categories, and their manifestations in sentimentality does not make an appearance here so far as i can re [...]

    12. Taka says:
      Sort of boring I don t know, I was fascinated by the distinction between the sacred and the profane Although lucidly written, the book didn t engage me throughout He has interesting things to say and makes interesting comments about the religious man and the modern man, but most of his arguments were buried under anthropological examples Granted, it is an anthropological study on the phenomenology of the religious man It might be that the time was not right for me to read it My interest level st [...]

    13. Ali says:
      1375 Mircea Eliade is a famous specialist on mythology, religion, mysticism and ritual elements among human s beliefs His language is not heavy, such as most of philosophers, but almost kind of a literary narration, novel like which keeps me going on in reading But I won t recommend Eliade to those who are not very much interested in different cultures and different people.

    14. Alex says:
      Eliade 1907 1986 , a Romanian novelist and historian philosopher of religion, is one of the world s most celebrated experts on religion and a must read for anyone interested in the topic Nic describes him as an academic much like his predecessors in that he believes Christianity to be the highest from or religious thought, but who arrived at this conclusion through secular and widespread study rather than a simple Bible bashing and brainwashing train of thought He was in a unique position, being [...]

    15. Nikki says:
      Well, I hope to one day read the whole book For now, one section was assigned for reading in my Ritual course at Pacifica.I loved it Sacred Space and Making the World Sacred Eliade demonstrates how whenever we make something, a home, a city, a church, we are re enacting the form of creation, and, as religious individuals, are seeking union with God He discusses the sacredness of transforming any dwelling place 52.My favorite passage Exactly like the city of the sanctuary, the house is sanctified [...]

    16. Aitziber Madinabeitia says:
      Uno de tantos textos b sicos del estudio comparado de las religiones, en el Mircea Eliade, respetado experto en el tema trata a trav s de m ltiples ejemplos que no intentan sin embargo ser excesivamente exhaustivos, las diferentes formas del ser humano de entenderse a si mismo y al mundo, especialmente en las tres dimensiones f sicas y en la dimensi n temporal generando dicotomias, entre la que se destaca la de lo sagrado y no sagrado profano.Introducci n simple tambi n al concepto de homo relig [...]

    17. Katarina Nabokova says:
      Le sacr et le profane sont deux notions qui n ont de sens que si on les oppose Ce qui est sacr est ce qui n est plus profane Ce qui est profane est ce qui n a pas encore t consacr Voici donc un livre particulier qui s adresse des lecteurs particuliers, pourquoi Eh bien tout simplement parceque la religiosit est de plus en plus mal vu par la soci t moderne, elle est jug e primitive et d pass e J ai bien aim cette lecture mais je ne pense pas que je vais la recommander tout le monde, du moins pas [...]

    18. Kyle says:
      Jeez, what an amazing read Made me analyze what truly defines the spiritual or the sacred in my life and put that into the context of space and time The homogeneity of time and space is the truth of the profane Eliade shows exactly how this breaks down in human activity.

    19. Deni says:
      Buen libro Sin embargo quiz demasiado sint tico La realidad es que este es un tema infinito y eso se explicita a lo largo del libro este librito es por fuerza sumario e incompleto no constituye sino una rapid sima introducci n a un tema inmenso Lo sagrado y lo profano se dedica a analizar precisamente esa relaci n, esos dos bordes donde la existencia toma direcciones radicalmente opuestas Arranca habl ndonos de la aparici n de lo sagrado, su manifestaci n, que denomina como hierofan a, y nos dic [...]

    20. Scriptor Ignotus says:
      It is in the nature of man as a conscious being to create as Eliade puts it a cosmos out of chaos The inescapable human distinction between sacred and profane occurs when man attempts to ground himself in his world, to recognize both his own subjectivity and the subjective importance of the physical and temporal spaces he inhabits Where the profane rules, there is chaos In a profane universe, there are no values, no distinctions The notion of the sacred emerges with consciousness itself with the [...]

    21. Andrew says:
      Haters gonna hate, but this is an extraordinary book, love it or hate it I happen to largely agree with the not altogether hidden thesis that human beings become truly human only through the work, even agency, of religious symbols, by which the person in community is oriented in time, space, the life world, and the life course thus also that the ultimate task of the student of religion is to render the data understandable, than to render them explicable that is, into terms of another set of alr [...]

    22. Mohammed Hindash says:
      Even though it took awhile for me to finish this book, it certainly added some new aspects of the whole idea of how religion developed across time ever since pre monotheistic religions Which showed how gradually according to the pagan religion that everytime a new religion got made, people got further away from the concept of God.I think that the whole idea of spirituality is misunderstood, but that is just my humble opinion.

    23. Timothy Ball says:
      Symbols awaken individual experience and transmute it into a spiritual act into metaphysical comprehension of the world.

    24. Teodora Lovin says:
      Pe final i pierde din consisten , se re ntoarce asupra acelora i idei, devine reduntant.

    25. David Withun says:
      In his exploration of the long ago, the far away, and otherwise seemingly primitive, Mircea Eliade reveals to each of us so called modern men a part of ourselves we have long been missing, whether we realized our loss or not This aspect of ourselves which we must rediscover is the experience of the sacred The loss of this aspect of man is not inconsequential on the contrary, it is, as a loss of that very thing which makes us human, a loss of our own humanity As Eliade says pg 68 , for nonreligio [...]

    26. Josh Anderson says:
      If you ve read Eternal Return, you re going to have a lot of deja vu.

    27. Tami says:
      Years ago, I was assigned this book in one of my university classes I number it in my most memorable and personally influential works that I have ever read At the time, I had just begun to study archaeology and had very little understanding of the concept of ethnocentricism My personal way of thinking was very black and white The only real experience that I had with the dichotomies of the sacred versus the profane at that point was my own experiences The Sacred and the Profane gave me an entirel [...]

    28. Barbara Klaser says:
      I read this many years ago for a college course in religious philosophy, so I don t remember the specifics of it all that well But I do recall that it provided an excellent perspective on religion and its place in human society, presumably since humanity began I recall that the other text we used in that course was by Huston Smith, I believe it was The Religions of Man, which is since retitled The World s Religions.As someone who grew up in a not very religious family but one nonetheless grounde [...]

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