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


 

Mircea Eliade Quotes > For religious man, space is...

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For religious man, space is not homogenous; he experience interruptions, breaks in it; some parts of the space are qualitatively different from others.
Mircea Eliade

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