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Sacred Places Around the World

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by Brad Olsen
     
 

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World travelers and armchair tourists who want to explore the mythology and archaeology of the ruins, sanctuaries, mountains, lost cities, and temples of ancient civilizations will find this guide ideal. Detailed here are the monuments and sites where ancient peoples once gathered to perform sacred rituals and ceremonies to worship various gods and to achieve

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World travelers and armchair tourists who want to explore the mythology and archaeology of the ruins, sanctuaries, mountains, lost cities, and temples of ancient civilizations will find this guide ideal. Detailed here are the monuments and sites where ancient peoples once gathered to perform sacred rituals and ceremonies to worship various gods and to achieve spiritual enlightenment. Important archaeological, historical, and geological destinations worldwide are profiled, from the Great Pyramid in Egypt and the Forbidden City in China to the Temples of Angkor in Cambodia and Mount Shasta in California. Sites are described in historical and cultural context, and practical contemporary travel information is provided, including detailed maps, drawings, photographs, and travel directions. This replaces 1888729023.

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From the Publisher
“Should you be inspired to make a pilgrimage of your own, you might want to pick up a copy of Brad Olsen's guide . . . of the world's sacred places. Olsen's marvelous drawings and mysterious maps enhance a package that is as bizarre as it is wonderfully accessible.”  —San Francisco Examiner
Library Journal
For the traveler in search of sacred mountains and caves, pyramids, holy places, temples and shrines, lost cities, and natural wonders, this work serves up 108 destinations. Pilgrimage has a long tradition, and this guidebook provides many interesting suggestions for those who seek a spiritual focus in their travels. Most of the places discussed are familiar to travelers. What is especially useful about this book is its providing historical background and detailing the spiritual practices associated with many of these places, especially their origins. The call of the past and a chance to walk where those before us have gone will likely strike a chord; this book by Olsen (World Stompers) could whet any traveler's appetite for the exotic and the spiritual. Though the book's directions, photos, and author-drawn maps are more evocative than informational, this book will give readers and travelers much to ponder. Recommended for all libraries with travel sections. Nancy Almand, Weld Lib. Dist., Greeley, CO Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781888729108
Publisher:
Ccc Publishing
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Series:
Sacred Places: 108 Destinations Series
Edition description:
2ND
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
920,013
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

Meet the Author

Brad Olsen is the editor of In Search of Adventure and the author of World Stompers, Extreme Adventure Hawaii, and Extreme Adventure Northern California. He lives in San Francisco.

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Sacred Places Around the World 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Llevines More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for concise information on a number of different places, cultures, and religions - this book is a great find. Wouldn't use as a guide book, but it does give the read a sense of what it would be like to travel to each location. Only negative is that there are no real pictures - only the author's hand drawn depictions. I really enjoyed and am ordering other books by the author.