Patterns in Comparative Religion

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Overview


In this era of increased knowledge the essence of religious phenomena eludes the psychologists, sociologists, linguists, and other specialists because they do not study it as religious. According to Mircea Eliade, they miss the one irreducible element in religious phenomena—the element of the sacred. Eliade abundantly demonstrates universal religious experience and shows how humanity’s effort to live within a sacred sphere has manifested itself in myriad cultures from ancient to modern times; how certain beliefs, rituals, symbols, and myths have, with interesting variations, persisted.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803267336
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 484
  • Sales rank: 702,076
  • Product dimensions: 5.33 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Mircea Eliade’s works include the multivolume History of Religious Ideas.

John C. Holt is a professor of religion at Bowdoin College and the author of The Religious World of Kirti Sri: Buddhism, Art, and Politics of Late Medieval Sri Lanka.

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Introduction
Author's Foreword
I Approximations: The Structure and Morphology of the Sacred 1
II The Sky and Sky Gods 38
III The Sun and Sun-Worship 124
IV The Moon and Its Mystique 154
V The Waters and Water Symbolism 188
VI Sacred Stones: Epiphanies, Signs and Forms 216
VII The Earth, Woman and Fertility 239
VIII Vegetation: Rites and Symbols and Regeneration 265
IX Agriculture and Fertility Cults 331
X Sacred Places: Temple, Palace, "Centre of the World" 367
XI Sacred Time and the Myth of Eternal Renewal 388
XII The Morphology and Function of Myths 410
XIII The Structure of Symbols 437
Conclusions 459
Name Index 466
Subject Index 473
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