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By Mircea Eliade, Willard R. Trask

Within the Sacred and the Profane, Mircea Eliade observes that whereas modern humans think their global is completely profane, or secular, they nonetheless from time to time locate themselves attached unconsciously to the reminiscence of anything sacred. It's this premise that either drives Eliade's exhaustive exploration of the sacred—as it has manifested in area, time, nature and the cosmos, and lifestyles itself—and buttresses his expansive view of the human adventure.

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He must, then, have seen the celestial model created by Yahweh from the beginning of time. This is what Solomon affirms : "Thou hast com­ manded me to build a temple upon thy holy mount, and an altar in the city wherein thou dwellest, a resem­ blance of the holy tabernacle which thou hast prepared from the beginning" (Wisdom of Solomon, 9, 8 ) . The Heavenly Jerusalem was created by God at the same time as Paradise, hence in aetemum. The city of Jerusalem was only an approximate reproduction of the Sacred Space and Making the World Sacred 61 transcendent model ; it could be polluted by man, but the model was incorruptible, for it was not involved in time.

Wensinck and E. , p. 15. , p. 10. Sacred Space and Making the World Sacred 39 theqsame feeling, which is profoundly religious : "our world" is holy ground because it is the place nearest to heaven, because from here, from our abode, it is possible to reach heaven ; hence our world is a high place. In cos­ mological terms, this religious conception is expressed by the projection of the favored territory which is "ours" onto the summit of the cosmic mountain. Later specula­ tion drew all sorts of conclusions-for example, the one just cited for Palestine, that the Holy Land was not sub­ merged by the Flood.

You can also change cities or provinces, without encountering any difficulties aside from those that arise from a difference in climate. It does not lie within our province to write the history of the gradual desacralization of the human dwelling. Sacred Space and Making the World Sacred 51 The process is an integral part of the gigantic transfor­ mation of the world undertaken by the industrial socie­ ties, a transformation made possible by the desacraliza­ tion of the cosmos accomplished by scientific thought and above all by the sensational discoveries of physics and chemistry.

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