The sacred is believed to reveal absolute reality, something unaffected by the perception of any being and at the same time makes orientation possible. The sacredness of a space can also be seen in Lame Deer when he talks about the sacredness of the Inipi. “The sweat house is small, but to those crouching inside it represents the whole universe. The spirit of all living things is in this hut. This we believe.
Objects such as amulets which are body adornment pieces for each individual with their spiritual animal carved onto it representing there god bringing balance between humanity the environment and nature. Their paintings and wood carvings, pipes, bowls, totem poles etc. are still used because of their spiritual significance and design which reflects on their spiritual beliefs. These are also still being made to this day to sell on as a decorative ornaments representing there culture. Their art pieces and carvings can have multiple different materials within the piece also symbolising there spiritual beliefs within natures materials and elements and too add certain attraction to the piece and can bring a lively
In chapter 3 of the “Sacred Quest” the book discusses “the ways in which the Sacred is manifested in the world of human experience” (39). In particular, the book discusses examples of sacred persons, objects, time, and space. The Sacred Quest states that there is a pattern in religions and breaks them up into 3 types of sacred appearance: prophetic, sacramental, and mystical. The first, prophetic, is associated most with Judaism and Islam, focusing on a person or prophet. The second is most apparent in Christianity, which emphasizes the presence of the sacred through aspects of material reality and stresses the role of priests.
Through partaking in interaction rituals, individuals become members of something greater than themselves. This feeling of being apart of something greater than oneself provides a moral community for the individuals, which then guides individuals in their beliefs and behaviors. It is similar to a never-ending circle; as individuals see the emotionally charged environment that this religion provides, they want to be a part of it, so they partake in unusual rituals, which furthers their engagement and emotional connectedness to their community. It almost reminds me a bit of an addiction. This community turns objects, such as poison and snakes as sacred, which in turn creates a sacred and profane world.
Religion–it is something that has been in existence since the beginning of time. It brings meaning to life and death. It creates a sense of belonging in the world. On the other hand, religion, or lack thereof, has also been, in many instances, the cause of oppression, warfare, and even terrorism. Sometimes religion is used to the advantage of one’s self.
However, the general consensus can compromise that indeed religion is derived from humanity. The practice of worship, in simpler terms, implements an objective to all of societies. Not only does it provide the satisfaction of mankind’s inception but it provides them a purpose. That purpose- that motivation- can range from following the 10 Commandments to spreading peace and love.
Instead of conforming, many religious movements have developed their own uniqueness and triumph. He attributed this largely to man’s desire for transcendence. It is an integral part for human to constantly seek meaning and comfort outside this world (Parsons & Giddens, 2005). With the resurgence of religions in many parts of the world, there came to be new reworked religions which includes a fusion of old traditions with modern ideas. Additionally, the growth of new religious movements such as Salamullah, the Brahma Kumaris, and Anand Ashram in Indonesia (Howell, 2005) and the resurgence of fundamentalism noticeable Islam and Evangelical Protestantism (Berger, 200), proves that there is no one definite expression of
“There is no gulf between the logic of religious thought and the logic of scientific thought, both are made up of the same essential elements”. Ultimately, religion gave the people a way to create a division from what is considered sacred and profane in
It is kept away from the profane in order for it to not become immersed in the mundane. The sacred can be manifested in various forms such as stones and trees. But it never emerges as a sacred entity on its own- the form it acquires (such as that of the stone or tree) acquires a sacred value and thus becomes that entity that is to be worshipped. In the first chapter, ‘Sacred Space’, the divide between religious spatial dynamics is delved into.
Week Outline Preliminary Thesis Statement: Religion is an essential constituent of any civilization with a unique spiritual pathway. Main Point: Religious spirituality establishes the framework for human social and cultural development. 1. Topic Sentence:
There is considerable disagreement and inconsistency within the scientific community regarding definitions of this term [17,18]. Religiosity can be thought of as the formal, institutional, and outward expression of the sacred [18,19] and measured by variables such as importance of religion, belief in God, frequency of religious service attendance, frequency of prayer, and/or frequency of meditation. Pargament describes the distal/proximal framework of religion/spirituality. According to this framework the distal domains of religion/spirituality mainly depending individual behaviors (e.g., frequency of attendance at services, prayer, or meditation) and have often been referred to as ‘religiosity’, and proximal domains, which gauge the functions of religion/spirituality for the individual (e.g., spiritual support, religious coping, spiritual meaning) often referred to as ‘spirituality’ [21,22].