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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 manifestation of the sacred ontologically founds the world.
Mircea Eliade

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I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world, and do not find in our particular superstition (Christianity) one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology.
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