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Sacred Worlds

Sacred Worlds
An Introduction to Geography and Religion

by Chris Park

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2002-11-01
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 113487734X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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.

Returning To Sacred World: A Spiritual

Returning To Sacred World: A Spiritual
A Book

by Stephen Gray

  • Publisher : John Hunt Publishing
  • Release : 2010-11-26
  • Pages : 335
  • ISBN : 184694600X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Powerful ancient and leading edge visions and teachings for healing ourselves and our world through meditation prayer and sacred plant practices.

Fighting Identity: Sacred War and World Change

Fighting Identity: Sacred War and World Change
Sacred War and World Change

by Michael Vlahos

  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Release : 2008-12-30
  • Pages : 260
  • ISBN : 0313348464
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This work highlights a national ethos infused by a sacred narrative of divine mission. This deep association leads to a narrow approach to conflict relationships, built around an Us vs. Them distance from the enemy, in which their submission is achieved through kinetic effects and their subsequent redemption through our good works (reconstruction). Vlahos contends that America's difficult engagement in the Muslim world demonstrates urgently that different operational approaches and tactics (like counterinsurgency) are not enough. Alternative paradigms of strategic engagement are needed, but their very consideration requires deeper cultural rethinking about how we assess world change and other cultures, and how our national ethos makes war. Why are terrorists and insurgents we fight so formidable? Their strength - and our vulnerability - is in identity. Clausewitz knew that geist (spirit) was always stronger than the material: identity is power in war. But how can non-state actors face up to nation states? The answer is in globalization. This is the West's 3rd globalization. Two centuries of intense mixing has torn down old ways of life and created a growing demand for new belonging. There is also a decline in US universalism. America's vision as history's anointed prophet and manager is now competing head-to-head with renewed universal visions. Like Late Antiquity and the High Middle Ages our globalization begins to subside. We may be in the later days of American modernity. We can see this worldwide, as emerging local communities within states and meta-movements find their voice - through conflict and war. Identities struggling for realization are always the most powerful. Add the diffusion of new technology and new practice, and even the poorest and seemingly most primitive group can now make war against those on high. They are successful because of a symbiotic fit between old states and new identities. Increasingly, old societies no longer find identity-celebration in war - while non-state identities embrace the struggle for realization. Hence non-state wars with America become a mythic narrative for them. Our engagement actually helps them realize identity - and we become the midwife. This book offers another path to deal with non-state challenges, one that does not further weaken us.

American Sacred Space

American Sacred Space
A Book

by David Chidester,Edward Tabor Linenthal

  • Publisher : Indiana University Press
  • Release : 1995
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 9780253210067
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In a series of pioneering studies, this book examines the creation—and the conflict behind the creation—of sacred space in America. The essays in this volume visit places in America where economic, political, and social forces clash over the sacred and the profane, from wilderness areas in the American West to the Mall in Washington, D.C., and they investigate visions of America as sacred space at home and abroad. Here are the beginnings of a new American religious history—told as the story of the contested spaces it has inhabited. The contributors are David Chidester, Matthew Glass, Edward T. Linenthal, Colleen McDannell, Robert S. Michaelsen, Rowland A. Sherrill, and Bron Taylor.

Sacred Space in Early Modern Europe

Sacred Space in Early Modern Europe
A Book

by Will Coster,Andrew Spicer

  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release : 2005-07-28
  • Pages : 350
  • ISBN : 9780521824873
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In this 2005 book, leading historians examine sanctity and sacred space in Europe during and after the religious upheavals of the early modern period.

Native American Sacred Places

Native American Sacred Places
Hearing Before the Committee on Indian Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Seventh Congress, Second Session, on the Protection of Native American Sacred Places as They are Affected by Department of Defense Undertakings

by United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Indian Affairs (1993- )

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2002
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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America's Sacred Sites

America's Sacred Sites
50 Faithful Reflections on Our National Monuments and Historic Landmarks

by Brad Lyons,Bruce Barkhauer

  • Publisher : Chalice Press
  • Release : 2020-04-28
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 0827200870
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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From the authors of America’s Holy Ground: 61 Faithful Reflections on Our National Parks. The National Park Service oversees more than the 61 national parks; monuments and historic sites mark where important events in America’s story occurred, protect unique natural landmarks, and remember those who changed history. Brad Lyons and Bruce Barkhauer help you consider how your faith and values are reflected in those treasured places. America’s Holy Sites: 50 Faithful Reflections on Our National Monuments and Historic Landmarks visits an NPS site in each state, considering a unique trait of each place and connecting it to your own life. Courage, mercy, leadership, liberty – these are just a few of the themes you’ll explore on this unique journey. A scripture verse and a trio of questions take your experience deeper.

Sacred Natural Sites

Sacred Natural Sites
Conserving Nature and Culture

by Bas Verschuuren,Jeffrey McNeely,Gonzalo Oviedo,Robert Wild

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2012-06-25
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 1136530746
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Sacred Natural Sites are the world's oldest protected places. This book focuses on a wide spread of both iconic and lesser known examples such as sacred groves of the Western Ghats (India), Sagarmatha /Chomolongma (Mt Everest, Nepal, Tibet - and China), the Golden Mountains of Altai (Russia), Holy Island of Lindisfarne (UK) and the sacred lakes of the Niger Delta (Nigeria). The book illustrates that sacred natural sites, although often under threat, exist within and outside formally recognised protected areas, heritage sites. Sacred natural sites may well be some of the last strongholds for building resilient networks of connected landscapes. They also form important nodes for maintaining a dynamic socio-cultural fabric in the face of global change. The diverse authors bridge the gap between approaches to the conservation of cultural and biological diversity by taking into account cultural and spiritual values together with the socio-economic interests of the custodian communities and other relevant stakeholders.

Rediscovering America's Sacred Ground

Rediscovering America's Sacred Ground
Public Religion and Pursuit of the Good in a Pluralistic America

by Barbara A. McGraw

  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release : 2012-02-01
  • Pages : 259
  • ISBN : 0791486958
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Sees a way out of the contentious debates over the role of religion in American public life by looking back to the ideas of John Locke and the nation's Founders.

American Sacred Music

American Sacred Music
A Book

by Philip Vandermeer

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1991
  • Pages : 420
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Sacred Subdivisions

Sacred Subdivisions
The Postsuburban Transformation of American Evangelicalism

by Justin Wilford

  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Release : 2012-11-19
  • Pages : 233
  • ISBN : 0814708390
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In an era where church attendance has reached an all-time low, recent polling has shown that Americans are becoming less formally religious and more promiscuous in their religious commitments. Within both mainline and evangelical Christianity in America, it is common to hear of secularizing pressures and increasing competition from nonreligious sources. Yet there is a kind of religious institution that has enjoyed great popularity over the past thirty years: the evangelical megachurch. Evangelical megachurches not only continue to grow in number, but also in cultural, political, and economic influence. To appreciate their appeal is to understand not only how they are innovating, but more crucially, where their innovation is taking place. In this groundbreaking and interdisciplinary study, Justin G. Wilford argues that the success of the megachurch is hinged upon its use of space: its location on the postsuburban fringe of large cities, its fragmented, dispersed structure, and its focus on individualized spaces of intimacy such as small group meetings in homes, which help to interpret suburban life as religiously meaningful and create a sense of belonging. Based on original fieldwork at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church, one of the largest and most influential megachurches in America, Sacred Subdivisions explains how evangelical megachurches thrive by transforming mundane secular spaces into arenas of religious significance.

New Directions in American Religious History

New Directions in American Religious History
A Book

by Harry S. Stout,D. G. Hart

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 1998-01-01
  • Pages : 512
  • ISBN : 0198027206
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The eighteen essays collected in this book originate from a conference of the same title, held at the Wingspread Conference Center in October of 1993. Leading scholars were invited to reflect on their specialties in American religious history in ways that summarized both where the field is and where it ought to move in the decades to come. The essays are organized according to four general themes: places and regions, universal themes, transformative events, and marginal groups and ethnocultural "outsiders." They address a wide range of specific topics including Puritanism, Protestantism and economic behavior, gender and sexuality in American Protestantism, and the twentieth-century de-Christianization of American public culture. Among the contributors are such distinguished scholars as David D. Hall, Donald G. Matthews, Allen C. Guelzo, Gordon S. Wood, Daniel Walker Howe, Robert Wuthnow, Jon Butler, David A. Hollinger, Harry S. Stout, and John Higham. Taken together, these essays reveal a rapidly expanding field of study that is breaking out of its traditional confines and spilling into all of American history. The book takes the measure of the changes of the last quarter-century and charts numerous challenges to future work.

Revealing the Sacred in Asian and Pacific America

Revealing the Sacred in Asian and Pacific America
A Book

by Jane Iwamura,Paul Spickard

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2013-10-11
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 1136712801
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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First published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Technicians of the Sacred, Third Edition

Technicians of the Sacred, Third Edition
A Range of Poetries from Africa, America, Asia, Europe, and Oceania

by Jerome Rothenberg

  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release : 2017-08-22
  • Pages : 688
  • ISBN : 0520290720
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"A wide-ranging anthology of ethnopoetry including origin texts, visionary texts, texts about death, texts about events--collected from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Ancient Near East, and Oceania."--Provided by publiher.

Yoga and the Sacred Fire

Yoga and the Sacred Fire
Self-Realization and Planetary Transformation

by David Frawley

  • Publisher : Lotus Press
  • Release : 2005-01-28
  • Pages : 294
  • ISBN : 0940985756
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Explores the evolution of life and consciousness according to the cosmology and psychology of Fire, viewing Fire not only as a material but also as a spiritual principle.

Sacred and Mythological Animals

Sacred and Mythological Animals
A Worldwide Taxonomy

by Yowann Byghan

  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release : 2020-03-11
  • Pages : 445
  • ISBN : 1476679509
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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From the household cat to horses that can fly, a surprisingly wide range of animals feature in religions and mythologies all across the world. The same animal can take on different roles: the raven can be a symbol of evil, a harbinger of death, a wise messenger or a shape-changing trickster. In Norse mythology, Odin's magical ravens perch on his shoulders and bring him news. This compendium draws upon religious texts and myths to explore the ways sacred traditions use animal images, themes and associations in rituals, ceremonies, texts, myths, literature and folklore across the world. Sections are organized by the main animal classifications such as mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, amphibians and insects. Each chapter covers one significant grouping (such as dogs, cats or horses), first describing an animal scientifically and then detailing the mythological attributes. Numerous examples cite texts or myths. A final section covers animal hybrids, animal monsters and mythical animals as well as stars, constellations and Zodiac symbols. An appendix describes basic details of the religions and mythologies covered. A glossary defines uncommon religious terms and explains scientific animal names.

Encyclopedia of Sacred Places

Encyclopedia of Sacred Places
A Book

by Norbert Brockman

  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Release : 2011-09-13
  • Pages : 681
  • ISBN : 159884654X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This thoroughly revised and updated encyclopedia documents the diversity of shrines, temples, holy places, and pilgrimage sites sacred to the world's major religious traditions, and illustrates their elemental place in human culture.

Encyclopedia of Sacred Places, 2nd Edition [2 volumes]

Encyclopedia of Sacred Places, 2nd Edition [2 volumes]
A Book

by Norbert C. Brockman

  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Release : 2011-09-13
  • Pages : 681
  • ISBN : 1598846558
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Now thoroughly revised and updated, this encyclopedia documents the diversity of shrines, temples, holy places, and pilgrimage sites sacred to the world's major religious traditions, and illustrates their elemental place in human culture. • Over 300 A–Z entries covering sites and pilgrimages sacred to the world's major religious traditions • Illustrative photographs and maps • A glossary of relevant terms • Appendices listing sites by country, faith tradition, and placement in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites

Sacred Water

Sacred Water
The Spiritual Source of Life

by Nathaniel Altman

  • Publisher : Paulist Press
  • Release : 2002-01
  • Pages : 295
  • ISBN : 1587680130
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Drawing from a variety of religious teachings, anthropological evidence, and myths and legends of the world's cultures and religions, the author shows the vital role water plays in all aspects of our spiritual lives, as an element of sustenance, cleansing, initiation, healing, gaining wisdom, and enchantment, inviting readers to reclaim their inner connection to the sacredness of water, and inspiring them to appreciate, honor, and protect the waters of the world.

An Abecedarian of Sacred Trees

An Abecedarian of Sacred Trees
Spiritual Growth through Reflections on Woody Plants

by Mark G. Boyer

  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Release : 2016-12-09
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 1532604483
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Every person has seen a tree and maybe planted or climbed one! In all world religions, various trees are considered sacred. Trees have the ability to help us reach wholeness if we learn their wisdom and integrate it into our lives. This abecedarian--a book whose contents are in alphabetical order--explores the spiritual growth that is possible by reflecting on the wisdom of woody plants, which help humans experience the divine. In these pages you can explore trees from Acacia to Zaqqum. For each of the forty entries, the author presents a text identifying the tree, a reflective study, a question for journaling or personal meditation, and a concluding prayer. Some trees you may have heard about, and some may be new to you. The spiritual life is enhanced by the trees that surround and share the earth with us while also disclosing the divine to us.