Patterns in Comparative Religion
"An important and quite beautiful book".-Library Journal. "[Eliade] throws a searching and humbling light on our modern fragmented existence".- ... Show synopsis "An important and quite beautiful book".-Library Journal. "[Eliade] throws a searching and humbling light on our modern fragmented existence".-[London] Times Literary Supplement. "Treatment of such subjects as the meaning of the sacred, sun and moon worship, water symbolism, sacred stones, fertility cults, the earth mother, symbols of regeneration and the myth of eternal renewal, will interest the general reader as well as the scholar".-New York Times. "It is doubtful that one could encounter a more impressive work of scholarship and insight. . . . All serious students of religion would derive enormous profit from the reading of this work".-Kirkus. In this era of increased knowledge the essence of religious phenomena eludes the psychologists, sociologists, linguists, and other specialists because they do not study it as religious. According to Mircea Eliade, they miss the one irreducible element in religious phenomena-the element of the sacred. Eliade abundantly demonstrates universal religious experience and shows how humanity's effort to live within a sacred sphere has manifested itself in myriad cultures from ancient to modern times; how certain beliefs, rituals, symbols, and myths have, with interesting variations, persisted. Mircea Eliade's works include the multivolume History of Religious Ideas. John C. Holt is a professor of religion at Bowdoin College and the author of The Religious World of Kirti Sri: Buddhism, Art, and Politics of Late Medieval Sri Lanka.