The Realm of the sacred: verbal symbolism and ritual structures
Oxford University Press, 1992 - Religion - 221 pages
In every age of recorded history, people have tried to categorize the world into the natural and supernatural. The latter, the Realm of the Unknown, is often looked upon as a sacred area with its own laws of operation and its presiding deities. This realm has a relationship of immense complexity with the human world and the objective reality surrounding it. Together, the essays in this collection reflect the experience of wide and geographically distinct culture-areas: from Thailand to India, Eastern Slavia, and Causcasus.
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A Note on the Invocations of
Sacred Centres and Symbolic Networks
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