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Religion, Space, and Place

ECTS: 7.5

This course unit addresses the spatial dimensions of religions and the religious aspect of places. A series of lectures explore the role of space and place in religious traditions and communities, analyse religious activity (especially rituals) in spatial contexts.

This course will address questions such as:

  • What is considered a ‘sacred space’?
  • What does make a ‘space’ sacred?
  • How many kinks of ‘sacred space’ can we detect?
  • How ‘secular’ and ‘sacred’ are intertwined in the same ‘space’?
  • How do sacred sites ‘network,’ and what are the effects of these networks on the space and religious practice?

Sacred sites will be analysed with reference to case studies from the past and the present in Daoism, Buddhism, Shinto, Shamanism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam.

‘Sacred space’ is a large category including (1) material architecture, (2) natural landscape, (3) imagined/visionary places, (4) cyber-spaces and (5) body maps. Each week will focus one or more these types of ‘sacred space’.
religion, space and place
religion, space and place
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