Architecture of the Sacred: Space, Ritual, and Experience by Bonna D. Wescoat

By Bonna D. Wescoat

During this booklet, a exceptional crew of authors explores the way in which area, position, structure and formality engage to build sacred adventure within the ancient cultures of the japanese Mediterranean. Essays deal with primary concerns and lines that permit structures to accomplish as spiritually transformative areas in old Greek, Roman, Jewish, early Christian and Byzantine civilizations. jointly they display the a number of ways that works of structure and their settings have been lively brokers within the ritual strategy. structure didn't purely host occasions; relatively, it magnified and increased them, interacting with rituals facilitating the development of rite. This ebook examines relatively the ways that principles and events generated through the interplay of position, outfitted surroundings, ritual motion and reminiscence contributed to the cultural formula of the sacred adventure in several spiritual faiths.

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Ideally one would construct competing models of ritual and the ritual usage of material culture, which will at least offer broad parameters for the functions of artefacts and the kinds of rites they may point to. Ideally contrasting and mutually exclusive models would provide a basis for competitive plausibility in an always hypothetical set of reconstructions. In this case, one has to be particularly cautious about the possibility that the rituals concerned may not in fact have been religious.

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Of course it inevitably comes with dangers of anachronism, especially the reading back of Christianizing (or anti-Christian) models of religion and ritual into the past. In the historical disciplines – especially classical archaeology and the study of medieval art – we are fortunate in the ritual-centeredness of many of our surviving texts that make any mention of images. 28 But if Pausanias was indeed a repetitive pilgrim with his text itself a ritualized version of his travels,29 then it is hardly surprising if his record is weighted in that direction.

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