Patterns in Comparative Religion

ISBN-10: 0803267339

ISBN-13: 9780803267336

Edition: 1996

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Description: In this era of increased knowledge the essence of religious phenomena eludes the psychologists, sociologists, linguists, and other specialists because they do not study it as religious. According to Mircea Eliade, they miss the one irreducible element in religious phenomena—the element of the sacred. Eliade abundantly demonstrates universal religious experience and shows how humanity’s effort to live within a sacred sphere has manifested itself in myriad cultures from ancient to modern times; how certain beliefs, rituals, symbols, and myths have, with interesting variations, persisted.

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List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 9/1/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 484
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Born in Bucharest, Rumania, Mircea Eliade studied at the University of Bucharest and, from 1928 to 1932, at the University of Calcutta with Surendranath Dasgupta. After taking his doctorate in 1933 with a dissertation on yoga, he taught at the University of Bucharest and, after the war, at the Sorbonne in Paris. From 1957, Eliade was a professor of the history of religions at the University of Chicago. He was at the same time a writer of fiction, known and appreciated especially in Western Europe, where several of his novels and volumes of short stories appeared in French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese. Two Tales of the Occult "to relate some yogic techniques, and particularly yogic folklore, to a series of events narrated in the genre of a mystery story." Both Nights of Serampore and The Secret of Dr. Honigberger evoke the mythical geography and time of India. Mythology, fantasy, and autobiography are skillfully combined in Eliade's tales.

John C. Holt is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of the Humanities in Religion and Asian Studies at Bowdoin College. He is the author of several books, including Buddha in the Crown: Avalokitesvara in the Buddhist Tradition of Sri Lanka, winner of an American Academy of Religion Book Award for Excellence, and The Religious World of Kirti Sri: Buddhism, Art and Politics in Late Medieval Sri Lanka, and is the editor of Constituting Communities: Theravada Buddhism and the Religious Cultures of South and Southeast Asia.

List of Abbreviations
Introduction
Author's Foreword
Approximations: The Structure and Morphology of the Sacred
The Sky and Sky Gods
The Sun and Sun-Worship
The Moon and Its Mystique
The Waters and Water Symbolism
Sacred Stones: Epiphanies, Signs and Forms
The Earth, Woman and Fertility
Vegetation: Rites and Symbols and Regeneration
Agriculture and Fertility Cults
Sacred Places: Temple, Palace, "Centre of the World"
Sacred Time and the Myth of Eternal Renewal
The Morphology and Function of Myths
The Structure of Symbols
Conclusions
Name Index
Subject Index
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