Sacred Sites, Sacred Places

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Psychology Press, 1994 - Religion - 300 pages
Sacred Sites, Sacred Places explores the concept of 'sacred' and what it means and implies to people in differing cultures. It looks at why people regard some parts of the land as special and why this ascription remains constant in some cultures and changes in others.
Archaeologists, legislators and those involved in heritage management sometimes encounter conflict with local populations over sacred sites. With the aid of over 70 illustrations the book examines the extreme importance of such sacred places in all cultures and the necessity of accommodating those intimate beliefs which are such a vital part of ongoing cultural identity. Sacred Sites, Sacred Places therefore will be of help to those who wish to be non-destructive in their conservation and excavation practices.
This book is unique in attempting to describe the belief systems surrounding the existence of sacred sites, and at the same time bringing such beliefs and practices into relationship with the practical problems of everyday heritage management. The geographical coverage of the book is exceptionally wide and its variety of contributors, including indigenous peoples, archaeologists and heritage professionals, is unrivalled in any other publication.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Sacred beliefs and beliefs of sacredness
9
2 Wintu sacred geography of northern California
20
3 Sacred and secular neolithic landscapes in Ireland
32
4 Sacred space in the culture of the Arctic regions
44
5 Sacred sites in Madagascar
82
Mescalero Apache sacred sites and sensitive areas
89
a study of sacred sites in the Nso Fondom
99
an overview of Kenyan coastal sacred sites
152
an eighteenthcentury document from the Diocesan Historic Archive Chiapas Mexico
163
deity and place in Aztec religion
172
lo sacred ground
184
16 The spirits of the Chugach people of Alaska are at rest once again
209
Maori sacred sites
217
18 Principles and practice of site protection laws in Australia
227
San Juan Paiute sacred sites and the HopiNavajoPaiute suit to partition the Arizona Navajo Reservation
245

8 Bukusu sacred sites
115
9 Sacrificial places and their meaning in Saami society
121
10 The Mijikenda kaya as a sacred site
132
11 The perception and treatment of prehistoric and contemporary sacred places and sites in Poland
140
how multiple use does not work for sacred land sites
259
traditional Native religious activities and land usetourism conflicts
265
Index
297
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