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


 

Mircea Eliade Quotes > For archaic man, reality is a...

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For archaic man, reality is a function of the imitation of a celestial archetype.
Mircea Eliade

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