sacred and profane

sacred and profane

a distinction particularly employed in sociology by DURKHEIM in which the sacred, which includes all phenomena which are set apart and revered, is distinguished from all other phenomena, the profane. For Durkheim, beliefs and practices in relation to the sacred are the defining feature of any RELIGION.
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We passed it in the night, and entered that sea, so renowned on many accounts in history, both sacred and profane.
The nature of the religion" (1987), and by Emile Durkheim's perspective on religion as the division of objects and events into two distinctive and oppositional groups: the sacred and profane (1995).
The opening of new spaces and programs coincides with the start of the gallery's latest exhibition, Sacred and Profane, featuring three large-scale works by renowned international artists: Public Notice 2 2007 by Jitish Kallat, Chinese Bible 2009 by Yang Zhichao and The sacred and the profane 1998 by Nalini Malani.
You cannot serve both God and money." (24) As the non-place takes over the sacred function from other heterotopias, it becomes clear that God and money are not two separate entities but two (sacred and profane) modalities of one and the same thing.
Over the course of the twelfth century, however, the city gradually acquires an increasingly detailed urban landscape, one which features both sacred and profane spaces existing adjacent to and interconnected with one another.
In short, the binary discourse of civil society--as used in contemporary cultural sociology--is structured in a manner homologous with that obtaining between the sacred and profane as analyzed in EFRL.
This paper suggests that the mystery sites at Eleusis, Thebes, and Samothrace and their civic counterpart--the ancient polis--reflect Durkheimian dichotomy of the sacred and profane. (2) This binary generated entire sacred cities--the mystery sanctuaries--in opposition to the profane polis.
CARAVAGGIO: A LIFE SACRED AND PROFANE could also have been featured in our 'Arts' section but is reviewed here for a fine survey equally recommended for any literary general-interest collection strong in the arts and in biography.
As Cerocchi argues, paradoxically it is Saint Francis who takes the first step towards bringing together the sacred and profane elements of music, merging them into one mixed genre.
Hypothetically speaking, both sacred and profane films can be made from an insider's perspective or an outsider's perspective.
This phenomenon--an inversion of the Jewish sacred and profane places--is rather typical of many informants who go to Jewish centers.
Chapter two is devoted to Kama, the Indian Eros that changes from its Vedic concept of 'creative energy' to amorous passion in erotics and classical Sanskrit literature, and from erotic-amorous longing for union, kama is metamorphosed intoprema-bhakti; and the assimilation of kama, prema and bhakti tends to resolve the duality between sacred and profane thereby paving the path for non-dualistic unity which is the summum bonum of life in Indian tradition.