Patterns in Comparative Religion

Patterns in Comparative Religion

by Mircea Eliade
     
 


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… See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803267336
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
484
Sales rank:
929,066
Product dimensions:
5.33(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Introduction
Author's Foreword
IApproximations: The Structure and Morphology of the Sacred1
IIThe Sky and Sky Gods38
IIIThe Sun and Sun-Worship124
IVThe Moon and Its Mystique154
VThe Waters and Water Symbolism188
VISacred Stones: Epiphanies, Signs and Forms216
VIIThe Earth, Woman and Fertility239
VIIIVegetation: Rites and Symbols and Regeneration265
IXAgriculture and Fertility Cults331
XSacred Places: Temple, Palace, "Centre of the World"367
XISacred Time and the Myth of Eternal Renewal388
XIIThe Morphology and Function of Myths410
XIIIThe Structure of Symbols437
Conclusions459
Name Index466
Subject Index473

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