Saturday, March 16, 2013

Sacred and Profane


The sacred includes everything that is regarded as extraordinary and that inspires in believers deep and absorbing sentiments of awe, respect, mystery, and reverence. 

Sacred things may include objects , living creatures i.e cows, elements of nature i.e mountains, places i.e mosques, states of consciousness (, holy days, ceremonies  and other activities like pilgrimages.

The profane encompasses everything that is not considered sacred, including things opposed to the sacred and things that stand apart from the sacred.


Believers often view contact between the sacred and the profane as being dangerous and sacrilegious, as threatening the very existence of the sacred, and as endangering the fate of the person who makes or allows such contact.


Consequently,people take action to safeguard sacred things. 

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