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Type: Philosopher
Nationality: Romanian
Date of Birth: 03/13/1907
Date of Death: 04/22/1986




 

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The Persians were right, in their poetry, to compare women's hair to snakes.
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Temples are replicas of the cosmic mountain and hence constitute the pre-eminent link between earth and heaven.
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The "axis mundi", seen in the sky in the form of the Milky Way, appears in the ceremonial house in the form of a sacred pole.
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The erection of a fire altar - which alone validates taking possesion of a new territory - is equivalent to a cosmogony.
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The ritual by which man constructs a sacred space is efficacious in the measure in which it reproduces the work of the gods.
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Every sacred space implies a hierophany, an irruption of the sacred that results in detaching a territory from the surrounding cosmic milieu and making it qualitatively different.
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The threshold has its guardians - gods and spirits who forbid entrance both to human enemies and to demons and the powers of pestilence.
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The outstanding reality is the sacred; for only the sacred is in an absolute fashion, acts effectively, creates things and makes them endure.
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As "copy of the cosmos", the Byzantine church incarnates and at the same time sanctifies the world.
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When the sacred manifests itself in any hierophany, there is not only a break in the homogeneity of space; there is also revelation of an absolute reality, oposed to the nonreality of the vast surrounding expanse.
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It is by virtue of the temple that the world is resanctified in every part.
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If the world is to be lived in, it must be founded - and no world can come to birth in the chaos of the homogenity and relativity of the profane space.
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The house is not an object, "a machine to live in"; it is the universe that man constructs for himself by imitating the paradigmatic creation of the gods, the cosmogony.
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For religious man every world is a sacred world.
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Something of the religious conception of the world still persists in the behavior of profane man, although he is not always conscious of his immemorial heritage.
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The sacred mountain is an "axis mundi" connecting earth with heaven.
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The dragon is the paradigmatic figure of the marine monster, of the primordial snake, symbol of the cosmic waters, of darkness, night, and death - in short, of the amorphous and virtual, of everything that has not yet aquired a "form". The dragon must be conquered and cut to pieces by the gods so that the cosmos my come to birth.
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The creation of the world becomes an archetype of every creative human gesture, whatever its plane of reference may be.
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A universe comes to birth from its center; it spreads out from a central point that is, as it were, its navel.
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A rock reveals itself to be sacred because its very existence is a hierophany: incompressible, invulnerable, it is that which man is not.
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The religious man sought to live as near as possible to the "Center of the World".
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Her beauty is not conventional, it does not meet the classic dictates. Her face is rebelliously expresive. She enchants in the magical sense of the world.
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The mountain occurs among the images that express the connection between heaven and earth.
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The work of the gods, the universe, is repeated and imitated by men on their own scale.
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The sacred reveals absolute reality and at the same time makes orientation possible; hence it founds the world in the sense that it fixes the limits and establishes the order of the world.
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