Nature as Sacred Space: Beyond Eliade’s The Sacred and the Profane

  • Author / Creator
    Shepherd, Kelly D
  • 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.

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    Master of Arts
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    University of Alberta
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    • Religious Studies
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Kowalsky, Nathan (Religious Studies, St Joseph's)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Kitchen, John (Religious Studies, History & Classics)
    • Parlee, Brenda (Native Studies, ALES)
    • Kowalsky, Nathan (Religious Studies, St Joseph's)