Experiences of Place / Edition 1

Experiences of Place / Edition 1

by Mary N. MacDonald
     
 

ISBN-10: 0945454384

ISBN-13: 9780945454380

Pub. Date: 03/01/2003

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Place and orientation are important aspects of human experience. Place evokes geography and culture and conjures up history and myth. Place is not only a particular physical location but an idea, a mental construction that captures and directs the human relationship to the world.

The distinguished contributors to this volume invite us to reflect on the

Overview

Place and orientation are important aspects of human experience. Place evokes geography and culture and conjures up history and myth. Place is not only a particular physical location but an idea, a mental construction that captures and directs the human relationship to the world.

The distinguished contributors to this volume invite us to reflect on the significance of places, real and imagined, in the religious traditions they study and on how places are known, imagined, remembered, and struggled for. Whether looking at the ways myth and ritual reinforce the Yoruba's bond to the land or at Australian Aboriginal engagements with the origins of the created world, exploring Hildegard of Bingen's experience of heaven or myths of the underworld in contemporary American millennialism, listening to oral narratives of divine politics and deserted places of Rajasthan or investigating literal and literary images of the Promised Land, these essays underscore that place is constructed in the intersection of material conditions, political realities, narrative, and ritual performance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780945454380
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
03/01/2003
Series:
Religions of the World Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Place and the Study of Religions
    Mary N. MacDonald
  • Owl Dune Tales: Divine Politics and Deserted Places in Rajasthan
    Ann Grodzins Gold
  • From Dan to Beer-sheba and from the Wilderness to the Sea: Literal and Literary Images of the Promised Land in the Bible
    Nili Wazana
  • A Sense of Place: The Meaning of Homeland in Sacred Yorùbá Cosmology
    Jacob K. Olúpònà
  • Who Is Hildegard? Where Is She – On Heaven?
    Mary Gerhart
  • Myths of the Underworld in Contemporary American Millennialism Michael Barkun
  • Dance of the Ephemeral: Australian Aboriginal Religion of Place Deborah Bird Rose
  • Notes on Contributors

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