Sanctuary - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religion

This encyclopedia article consists of approximately 4 pages of information about Sanctuary.
This section contains 919 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Sanctuary Encyclopedia Article

SANCTUARY. As etymology suggests, a sanctuary is a sacred place, a place set apart from the space of ordinary existence (LL, sanctuarium, from sanctus, "sacred, holy," by analogy with sacrarium, "shrine," from sacer). Thus, the term implies a distinction between "the sacred" and "the profane" that may not be universal; consequently, "sanctuaries" may, strictly speaking, be found only in a limited if significant number of religious traditions.

Virtually any place can serve as a sanctuary. It is essential, however, that a sanctuary be marked off, that is, that the distinction between sacred and profane be perceptibly indicated, whether by natural means (e.g., a cave) or by artificial means. The latter may range from the technologically simple (a ring of stones) to the technologically elaborate (ornate Buddhist stupas). In addition, the shapes that a sanctuary's construction assumes generally carry symbolic meanings appropriate to notions of the sacred found...

(read more)

This section contains 919 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Sanctuary Encyclopedia Article
Copyrights
Macmillan
Sanctuary from Macmillan. Copyright © 2001-2006 by Macmillan Reference USA, an imprint of the Gale Group. All rights reserved.