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In illo tempore, at the center of the world: Mircea Eliade and religious studies' concepts of sacred time and space

In illo tempore, at the center of the world
In illo tempore, im Zentrum der Welt: Mircea Eliade und religionswissenschaftliche Konzepte von heiliger Zeit und heiligem Raum
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Barth, Christiane

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Abstract "Time and space, manifested in such well known phrases and expressions as in illo tempore, ab origine, repetition and regeneration, center, omphalos, as well as the abolition of the profane, belong to the most important yet immensely complex concepts within Mircea Eliade's work. Based on Eliade's central publications of The Sacred and the Profane and The Myth of the Eternal Return, this article attempts to trace Eliade's notions of the terms and their relation to human thought and practice. Furthermore, the article discusses crucial critiques and elaborations of the concepts, implications and methods of Eliade's research, in order to develop an approach to the social constitution of sacred space which also considers current research in the Social Sciences on the production of space." (author's abstract)
Keywords social space; social reality; mythology; research approach; conception; time; structure; structural analysis; structural model; conception of history; religious science
Classification Cultural Sociology, Sociology of Art, Sociology of Literature; Sociology of Religion
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 59-75
Journal Historical Social Research, 38 (2013) 3
Issue topic Space/ time practices and the production of space and time - Raum/ Zeit Praktiken und die Produktion von Raum und Zeit
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works