Religion 110: The Sacred and the Profane - Hossain 1 Koshiq Hossain Prof Lindsay Grass Rel 110 Nature of Religion “The Sacred and the Profane”

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Hossain 1 Koshiq Hossain Prof. Lindsay Grass Rel 110: Nature of Religion September 24, 2019 “The Sacred and the Profane” Connections with Lame Deer In the book The Sacred and the Profane , Mircea Eliade conveys a controversial claim that every human being is fundamentally religious. This claim is based on the idea that individuals perform their daily tasks and actions around the idea of what they find sacred. Eliade believes that the sacred refers to things set part by individuals including religious beliefs, rites, duties or anything socially defined as requiring special religious treatment. This can be seen in many religions. For instance, Muslims view the Kaaba as a sacred building because of the idea that it is the house of God; Christians view Christmas as a sacred holiday or time of the year because it represents the birth of Jesus; Jews view Yom Kippur as a sacred time of the year because it is supposedly the day when God decides each person’s fate. The power of these sacred ideas guides one's life and their day to day actions. However, how is the sacred portrayed? Eliade argues that the sacred is portrayed through the use of hierophany. Using hierophany, a new reality is created, known as the sacred reality. Eliade believes this world manifests itself in our midst to make itself known and to bring about a change in our reality. Eliade’s claims can be seen in Lame Deer’s vision quest on Alone on a Hilltop , where a teenage boy is facing a spiritual awakening which transforms him from a boy to a man. This vision quest consists of teenage boys surviving on top of hilltop for four days without help from the outside world. Eliade revolves the book around two opposing forces known as the sacred and the profane. The sacred space refers to a fixed point in the world and a permanent quality. On the
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Hossain 2 other hand, the profane is everything but sacred. It is all the daily tasks that take place such as jobs, societal roles, and other non-religious tasks. However, the sacred comes from what we believe is to be sacred. More specifically, Eliade mentions that
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