Sacred Places

Sacred Places

Alph
sacred river in Xanadu. [Br. Poetry: Coleridge “Kubla Kahn”]
Delphi
shrine sacred to Apollo and site of temple and oracle. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 274]
Ganges
river sacred to the Hindus, who are freed from sin by bathing in it. [Hinduism: Brewer Dictionary, 385]
Holy Bottle
oracle consulted by Panurge to ascertain whether he should many. [Fr. Lit.: Rabelais Gargantua and Pantagruel]
Kaaba
central shrine at Mecca. [Islamic Religion: Brewer Dictionary, 513]
Mecca
holy city where Muhammad was born. [Islamic Religion: Brewer Dictionary, 596]
Medina
holy city to which Muhammad fled from Mecca. [Islamic Religion: Brewer Dictionary, 596]
Monsalvat
the mountain of salvation where the Holy Grail is guarded by knights. [Ger. Opera: Wagner Parsifal in Benét, 761]
Nemi lake
in Italy, sacred to the cult of Diana and site of human sacrifices. [Rom. Myth.: EB, XVI, 211]
Zem Zem
sacred well in Mecca where Hagar revived Ishmael. [Moslem Tradition: Brewer Dictionary, 969]
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The contamination of her crime spread out, tainted the universe, tainted himself; woke up all the dormant infamies of the world; caused a ghastly kind of clairvoyance in which he could see the towns and fields of the earth, its sacred places, its temples and its houses, peopled by monsters--by monsters of duplicity, lust, and murder.
And have not errors and abuses crept into the most sacred places, and may there not be unworthy or incapable missionaries abroad,as well as ecclesiastics of similar character at home?
Entering the building, through the midst of the usual assemblage of beggars, one sees on his left a few Turkish guards--for Christians of different sects will not only quarrel, but fight, also, in this sacred place, if allowed to do it.
T.]--at which time Helena came and built a church upon Calvary to commemorate the death and burial of the Lord and preserve the sacred place in the memories of men; since that time there has always been a church there.
"Yellow, after all, of so good a quality," said Sauval, "and so well recommended, that more than a century has not yet caused it to lose its color." He would think that the sacred place had become infamous, and would flee.
"This summer, finding myself once more in the sacred place where the first thought of 'Zarathustra' flashed across my mind, I conceived the second part.
Now Eros the early born was rising from deep-flowing Ocean, bringing light to men, when Apollo, as he went, came to Onchestus, the lovely grove and sacred place of the loud-roaring Holder of the Earth.
Ever since that memorable time, though he had, until the night of his arrival, as completely dismissed her from any association with his Present or Future as if she had been dead (which she might easily have been for anything he knew), he had kept the old fancy of the Past unchanged, in its old sacred place. And now, after all, the last of the Patriarchs coolly walked into the parlour, saying in effect,
"No," said Maggie, looking at him with her direct glance; "if we use common words on a great occasion, they are the more striking, because they are felt at once to have a particular meaning, like old banners, or every-day clothes, hung up in a sacred place."
In her placid sisterly manner; with her beaming eyes; with her tender voice; and with that sweet composure, which had long ago made the house that held her quite a sacred place to me; she soon won me from this weakness, and led me on to tell all that had happened since our last meeting.
"Sir--sir," interrupted the clergyman, "do not forget you are in a sacred place." Then addressing Mason, he inquired gently, "Are you aware, sir, whether or not this gentleman's wife is still living?"
The Punjab governor told the delegation that instructions had been passed on to all deputy commissioners of the province to prepare lists of historical monuments and sacred places of minorities that need renovation and preservation