Patterns in Comparative Religion

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U of Nebraska Press, 1996 - Religion - 484 pages
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"An important and quite beautiful book".-Library Journal. "[Eliade] throws a searching and humbling light on our modern fragmented existence".-[London] Times Literary Supplement. "Treatment of such subjects as the meaning of the sacred, sun and moon worship, water symbolism, sacred stones, fertility cults, the earth mother, symbols of regeneration and the myth of eternal renewal, will interest the general reader as well as the scholar".-New York Times. "It is doubtful that one could encounter a more impressive work of scholarship and insight. . . . All serious students of religion would derive enormous profit from the reading of this work".-Kirkus. 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. 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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Contents

THE STRUCTURE
1
Sacred and Profane2 Difficulties
14
the Sacred7 Mana8 The Structure of Hiero
30
THE MORPHOLOGY AND FUNCTION
37
THE SKY AND SKY GODS
38
Divine Forms Substituted for the Sky Gods
50
THE SUN AND SUNWORSHIP
124
THE WATERS AND WATER SYMBOLISM
188
AGRICULTURE AND FERTILITY CULTS
331
TEMPLE PALACE CENTRE
367
Symbolism of the Centre 146 Nostalgia
378
SACRED TIME AND THE MYTH OF ETERNAL
388
MYTHS
410
Cosmogonic Egg158 What Myths Reveal159
419
The Myth of Divine Androgyny161 The Myth
431
THE STRUCTURE OF SYMBOLS
437

EPIPHANIES SIGNS
216
76 Fertilizing Stones77 Sliding 78 Stones
229
THE EARTH WOMAN AND FERTILITY
239
RITES AND SYMBOLS OF
265
CONCLUSIONS
459
NAME INDEX
466
SUBJECT INDEX
473
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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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