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Subject/Keyword
Indigenous religious traditions
Aboriginal religious traditions
nature
sacred space
sacred geography
sacred and profane
Mircea Eliade
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Shepherd, Kelly D
Supervisor and department
Kowalsky, Nathan (Religious Studies, St Joseph's)
Examining committee member and department
Kowalsky, Nathan (Religious Studies, St Joseph's)
Parlee, Brenda (Native Studies, ALES)
Kitchen, John (Religious Studies, History & Classics)
Department
Religious Studies
Specialization

Date accepted
2012-07-17T15:09:32Z
Graduation date
2012-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
In religious geography, anthropology, and other fields, Mircea Eliade’s sacred-profane dichotomy continues to be influential in the study of sacred space and sacred architecture. However, the limitations of this dichotomy become apparent when it is applied to North American Indigenous religious traditions. This thesis therefore compares and contrasts Eliade’s definitions and theories of sacredness, and specifically his notions of sacred geography, with those of various North American Indigenous traditions. The objective is an expanded definition of sacred space based on the relational or ecological model, which I have derived from these traditions. In this model, sacredness is not seen as separate from the natural world, but rather the natural world itself is considered inherently sacred.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R37P9B
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Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of these terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis and, except as herein before provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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