16 terms

Sacred Space and Time

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Axis Mundi
"Axis of the world" where people can make contact with the power of superhuman beings
Dreamtime
A time of beginning in which great power was present on Earth
Illud Tempus
"That Time" where everything was perfect.
Chagga People
People that inhabited the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. They also tell the story that explains why one of the peaks, Mawenzi. Appears disfigured and rough.
Delphi
A gate, or opening, to the superhuman power and knowledge. A side of a mountain that was selected by Apollo.
Pythia
The priestess of Apollo at Delphi in ancient Greece.
Temenos
Area surrounding a Temple that cannot have human activity. Low-wall to let humans know when they are about to step into the presence of the gods.
Iconoclastic
Literally refers to "breaking images", but in religious studies usually refers to movements opposed to the use of images in worship.
Sacramental principle
The drive to make the material sacred, stemming from the belief in the incarnation of the divine in human form.
Prophetic principle
The drive to distance the divine from the material in order to avoid idolatry and allow the world to come under the critical judgment of the transcendent divine.
Stupa
A Buddhist shrine, usually shaped something like an inverted bell with a long handle. Stupas symbolically represent in architectural form key aspects of Buddhism and often contain scripture or serve as reliquaries.
Shrine
Structures, some simple and some complex, that marks a burial place of importance, house revered relics of founders and saints, or commemorate the site of some sacred, miraculous event.
Temple
A building that houses images and statues of gods and goddesses.
Cathedral
A cathedral is a Christian church which contains the seat of a bishop, thus serving as the central church of a diocese, conference, or episcopate.
Synagogue
"Assembly" is not a temple where priests offer sacrifices to the gods that dwell therein, but an consecrated house of worship and study created for and run by the laity.
Mantra
Sacred sounds chanted for purposes of meditation and prayer.
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