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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 man of traditional societies could only live in a space opening outward, where the break in plane was symbolically assured and hence communication with the "other world", the transcendental world, was ritually possible.
Mircea Eliade

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