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Mircea Eliade



Mircea Eliade, PhD (1907–1986), was a Romanian scholar and pioneer in the systematic study of the history of the world’s religions. As one of the world’s most influential scholars and foremost interpreters of religious symbolism and myth, he is particularly known for his theories of religion concerning the sacred and profane.

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Patterns in Comparative Religion

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.

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Neoshamanism: A Call to the Western Animistic Soul

The path of shamanism in the West is a curious thing. Dogmatic world religions are crumbling institutions that no longer meet the needs of the modern spiritual seeker.

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Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy

First published in 1951, Shamanism soon became the standard work in the study of this mysterious and fascinating phenomenon.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageAs long as you have not grasped that you have to die to grow, you are a troubled guest on the dark earth.

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The Sacred and The Profane: The Nature of Religion

In The Sacred and the Profane, Mircea Eliade observes that while contemporary people believe their world is entirely profane, or secular, they still at times find themselves connected unconsciously to the memory of something sacred.

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Occultism, Witchcraft and Cultural Fashions: Essays in Comparative Religions

In the period domoninated by the triumphs of scientific rationalism, how do we account for the extraordinary success of such occult movements as astrology or the revival of witchcraft? From his perspective as a historian of religions, the eminent scholar Mircea Eliade shows that such popular trends...

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Writing the Book of Shamanism: Eliade, Traditionalism, and Quest for Archaic

Andrei Znamenski seminar talk at L'École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris, June 8, 2016. He discusses traditionalism as a philosophy that inspired Mircea Eliade to write his book on Shamanism.

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A History of Religious Ideas, Volume 3: From Muhammad to the Age of Reforms

This volume completes the immensely learned three-volume A History of Religious Ideas.

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Images and Symbols

Mircea Eliade—one of the most renowned expositors of the psychology of religion, mythology, and magic—shows that myth and symbol constitute a mode of thought that not only came before that of discursive and logical reasoning, but is still an essential function of human consciousness.

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Yoga: Immortality and Freedom

In this landmark book, first published in English in 1958, renowned scholar of religion Mircea Eliade lays the groundwork for a Western understanding of Yoga.

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