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The Sacred And The Profane

The Nature of Religion

Mircea Eliade


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A groundbreaking work on myth, symbol, and ritual by one of the most acclaimed historians of our time.

In The Sacred and the Profane, Mircea Eliade observes that while contemporary people believe their world is entirely profane or secular, they still at times find themselves connected unconsciously to the memory of something sacred. It's this premise that both drives Eliade's exhaustive exploration of the sacred—as it has manifested in space, time, nature and the cosmos, and life itself—and buttresses his expansive view of the human experience.

HarperOne, 9780156792011, 256pp.

Publication Date: October 23, 1968

About the Author

Mircea Eliade was chairman of the department of the history of religions at the University of Chicago. Among his many books are The Myth of the Eternal Reunion, Patterns in Comparative Religion, Birth and Rebirth, and Yoga: Immorality and Freedom.