First, I should stress that I do not entirely agree with all of Eliade's ideas. His ideas about the nature of religion strike me as interesting and probably correct in some of their outlines but also a bit dated and ethnocentric as well in some areas (a trap perhaps nobody can completely escape from). The book overall is an attempt to contrast traditional religious experience and cosmology with that of the modernist mentality.The book is generally successful … more
Years ago, I was assigned this book in one of my university classes. I number it in my most memorable and personally influential works that I have ever read. At the time, I had just begun to study archaeology and had very little understanding of the concept of ethnocentricism. My personal way of thinking was very black and white. The only real experience that I had with the dichotomies of the sacred versus the profane at that point was my own experiences. The Sacred and the … more
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