Sacred Space and Making the World Sacred

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Published on 10 Oct 2011
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UTSG
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Religion
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RLG100Y1
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Sacred Space and Making the World Sacred
Through out the reading there were a lot of aspects that were considered
important for example the section on homogeneity of space and hierophany, in the first
paragraph when god is speaking to Moses and he says, "Draw not nigh hither" says the
lord to Moses; "put off thy shoes from thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is
holy ground'. This quote is important because god is referring to a sacred space and he
is ordering Moses not to come any closer and to take his shoes off because the idea of
sacred space is to be clean and pure therefore removing unsanitary human articles
would be a sign of respect, in this case his shoes. This reading also talks about how
even non-religious people can have their own "holy places" in their private universe. So
in order for a person to have their own personal, private space they don’t necessarily
have to be religious. In regards to having a specific destination for a sacred place, this
reading states that a sacred space can be anywhere; therefore it has no assigned
destination allowing people to connect with God. This is a very interesting aspect
because it allows people to select their own sacred space. For some it may be a church
and for others it may be somewhere in the wilderness. Along with destination portraying
sacredness through rituals is an important tradition in some tribes. Which is very unique
because if something was went wrong during the ritual for example if the cosmic pole
was to disappear for the Achipla’s it would become chaos and maybe eventually cause
death as they believed that is was the only way to communicate with the relam. Looking
at this through an analytical point of view something such as a pole was sacred to these
people and without its presence it could become a serious problem to these people.
As the reading progresses on there are certain aspects that are also are
important such as the cosmic mountains and how a lot of other cultures believe that the
mountains are a “holy ground” nearest to the heavens it is “the link between heaven and
earth” in some way or another mountains link to several different cultures. Lastly
cosmogony and building sacrifices was something else that was a very interesting
aspect was that the example of an embryo and how it grows from the navel and spreads
out in all directions in relations to how god created the world like an embryo.
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