Sacred Worlds: An Introduction to Geography and Religion

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Taylor & Francis US, 1994 - Science - 332 pages
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This book, the first in the field for two decades, looks at the relationships between geography and religion. It represents a synthesis of research by geographers of many countries, mainly since the 1960s. No previous book has tackled this emerging field from such a broad, interdisciplinary perspective, and never before have such a variety of detailed case studies been pulled together in so comparative or illuminating a way. Examples and case studies have been drawn from all the major world religions and from all continents from both a historical and contemporary perspective. Major themes covered in the book include the distribution of religion and the processes by which religion and religious ideas spread through space and time. Some of the important links between religion and population are also explored. A great deal of attention is focused on the visible manifestations of religion on the cultural landscape, including landscapes of worship and of death, and the whole field of sacred space and religious pilgrimage.
 

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The following is the last paragraph from my book review of Sacred Worlds for my World Geography class in Spring 2003: Sacred Worlds is a synthesis of academic studies for geographers to show them, in ... Read full review

Contents

Geographic context
21
Dimensions
34
Religion and state
50
National patterns
65
Conclusion
86
Principles of religious diffusion
99
Case studies of religious diffusion
117
Dynamics of diffusion
138
Conclusion
167
Conclusion
195
Landscapes of death
213
Religion and the general landscape
226
Conclusion
244
Pilgrimage
258
Conclusion
285
Index
313

Migration ethnicity and religion
153

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Chris Park is a Professorial Fellow and Director of the Graduate School at Lancaster University.

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