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Mircea Eliade on comparing belief traditions

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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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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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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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A Lecture on Mircea Eliade's the Sacred and the Profane: Space

The lecture is part of an online course on Eastern and Western religions offered at Methodist College. During the last part of the course, the students read Mircea Eliade's The Sacred and the Profane.

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Essential Sacred Writings From Around the World

Originally published as From Primitives to Zen, this comprehensive anthology contains writings vital to all the major non-Western religious traditions, arranged thematically.

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Mircea Eliade: Romanian Religious Historian and Author

A review of the life and works of Mircea Eliade

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The Myth of the Eternal Return: Cosmos and History

First published in English in 1954, this founding work of the history of religions secured the North American reputation of the Romanian émigré-scholar Mircea Eliade.

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A History of Religious Ideas, Voluem 1: From the Stone Age to the Eleusinian Mysteries

This extraordinary work delves into the subject of religion in the prehistoric and ancient worlds—humankind’s earliest quests for meaning.

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A History of Religious Ideas, Volume 2: From Gautama Buddha to the Triumph of Christianity

In volume 2 of this monumental work, Mircea Eliade continues his magisterial progress through the history of religious ideas.

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