Earth - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religion

This encyclopedia article consists of approximately 24 pages of information about Earth.
This section contains 7,146 words
(approx. 24 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Earth Encyclopedia Article

Source of Life

The cosmos is a reservoir of sacred forces. From a religious perspective, the earth is the clearest epiphany of an ensemble of sacred apparitions: soil, stones, trees, water, shadows, vegetation, and the jumbled landscape of the world. These form a single, living, cosmic unity. The soil, the earth, signifies this tangle of concrete vitalities. The earth is the foundation, the generative source, of every expression of existence. From the earliest records we possess of religious history, the earth, united with everything else that is, supports and contains all the life forms that reveal themselves to human beings. Earth is a tireless fount of existence. The lesson that the Cheyenne man taught his visitor is that the religious meaning of the earth remains indistinguishable from all the life that takes manifest form through the powers of the earth: mountains, forests, water, vegetation, and so on.

The Creative Role of Earth in the Beginning

(read more)

This section contains 7,146 words
(approx. 24 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Earth Encyclopedia Article
Copyrights
Encyclopedia of Religion
Earth from Encyclopedia of Religion. Copyright © 2001-2006 by Macmillan Reference USA, an imprint of the Gale Group. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook