The Sacred Origin and Nature of Sports and Culture

Author: Ghazi bin Muhammad,H. R. Muhammad

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781887752138

Category: Religion

Page: 139

View: 8182

This unique study defines two aspects of modern society—sports and culture—from a traditional perspective, carefully examining their sacred origin and their relevance throughout history in philosophical and religious thought.
Release

International Sport

A Bibliography, 1995-1999 : Including Index to Sports History Journals, Conference Proceedings and Essay Collections

Author: Richard William Cox

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0714652601

Category: Reference

Page: 202

View: 9999

There has been an explosion in the quantity of sports history literature published in recent years, making it increasingly difficult to keep abreast of developments. The annual number of publications has increased from around 250 to 1,000 a year over the last decade. This is due in part to the fact that during the late 1980s and 90s, many clubs, leagues and governing bodies of sport have celebrated their centenaries and produced histories to mark this occasion and commemorate their achievements. It is also the result of the growing popularity and realisation of the importance of sport history research within academe. This international bibliography of books, articles, conference proceedings and essays in the English language is a one-stop for the sports historian to know what is new.
Release

Sacred Natural Sites

Conserving Nature and Culture

Author: Bas Verschuuren,Jeffrey McNeely,Gonzalo Oviedo,Robert Wild

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136530754

Category: Nature

Page: 336

View: 3183

Sacred Natural Sites are the world's oldest protected places. This book focuses on a wide spread of both iconic and lesser known examples such as sacred groves of the Western Ghats (India), Sagarmatha /Chomolongma (Mt Everest, Nepal, Tibet - and China), the Golden Mountains of Altai (Russia), Holy Island of Lindisfarne (UK) and the sacred lakes of the Niger Delta (Nigeria). The book illustrates that sacred natural sites, although often under threat, exist within and outside formally recognised protected areas, heritage sites. Sacred natural sites may well be some of the last strongholds for building resilient networks of connected landscapes. They also form important nodes for maintaining a dynamic socio-cultural fabric in the face of global change. The diverse authors bridge the gap between approaches to the conservation of cultural and biological diversity by taking into account cultural and spiritual values together with the socio-economic interests of the custodian communities and other relevant stakeholders.
Release

Sport and Postmodern Times

Author: Geneviève Rail

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791439258

Category: Social Science

Page: 399

View: 9636

Using postmodern social theory, this book expands our understanding of sport, the body, and the broader physical culture.
Release

Sacred Number and the Origins of Civilization

The Unfolding of History through the Mystery of Number

Author: Richard Heath

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1594777195

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 256

View: 7664

An exploration of the origins and influences of number from prehistory to modern time • Reveals the deeper meaning of the symbols and esoteric knowledge of secret societies • Explains the numerical sophistication of ancient monuments • Shows how the Templar design for Washington, D.C., represents the New Jerusalem The ubiquitous use of certain sacred numbers and ratios can be found throughout history, influencing everything from art and architecture to the development of religion and secret societies. In Sacred Number and the Origins of Civilization, Richard Heath reveals the origins, widespread influences, and deeper meaning of these synchronous numerical occurrences and how they were left within our planetary environment during the creation of the earth, the moon, and our solar system. Exploring astronomy, harmony, geomancy, sacred centers, and myth, Heath reveals the secret use of sacred number knowledge in the building of Gothic cathedrals and the important influence of sacred numbers in the founding of modern Western culture. He explains the role secret societies play as a repository for this numerical information and how those who attempt to decode its meaning without understanding the planetary origins of this knowledge are left with contradictory, cryptic, and often deceptive information. By examining prehistoric and monumental cultures through the Dark Ages and later recorded history, Sacred Number and the Origins of Civilization provides a key to understanding the true role and meaning of number.
Release

Spain Under the Crescent Moon

Author: Angus Macnab

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: 256

View: 8492

Historical sketches so irresistibly readable, they might have been lifted straight from the Arabian Nights.
Release

The Sacred and the Profane

The Nature of Religion

Author: Mircea Eliade

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780156792011

Category: Religion

Page: 256

View: 3821

A noted historian of religion traces manifestations of the sacred from primitive to modern times, in terms of space, time, nature and the cosmos, and life itself. Index. Translated by Willard Trask.
Release

The Sacred Depths of Nature

Author: Ursula Goodenough

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0195136292

Category: Nature

Page: 197

View: 2471

For many of us, the scientific breakthroughs of our times--the Big Bang, evolution, quantum physics, and relativity--denote an existence that is bleak, devoid of meaning, or pointless. But here, eminent biologist Goodenough shows how the scientific worldview need not be a source of despair. Indeed, it can be a wellspring of solace and hope. This eloquent volume reconciles our contemporary scientific understanding of reality with our timeless spiritual yearnings for reverence and continuity. Addressing ideas like evolution, emotions, sexuality, and death, The Sacred Depths of Nature brings rich, uncluttered detail to the workings of nature in general and of living creatures in particular. Goodenough's clear thinking and writing will allow even non-scientists to appreciate that the origins of life and the universe are no less meaningful in light of our scientific understanding of them. At the end of each chapter, her spiritual reflections respond to nature's complexity with a vibrant emotional intensity and sense of reverent wonder.
Release

The Christmas Book

Christmas in the Olden Time, Its Customs and Their Origin : the Holly and Ivy, Sports of the Eve, Yule Log, Boar's Head, the Dinner, Mummers, Lord of Misrule, Saturnalia, Carols, Mysteries and Plays, Boxes, &c. &c

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Christmas

Page: 48

View: 6719

Release

Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World

Author: Donald G. Kyle

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118613805

Category: History

Page: 376

View: 7604

The second edition of Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World updates Donald G. Kyle’s award-winning introduction to this topic, covering the Ancient Near East up to the late Roman Empire. • Challenges traditional scholarship on sport and spectacle in the Ancient World and debunks claims that there were no sports before the ancient Greeks • Explores the cultural exchange of Greek sport and Roman spectacle and how each culture responded to the other’s entertainment • Features a new chapter on sport and spectacle during the Late Roman Empire, including Christian opposition to pagan games and the Roman response • Covers topics including violence, professionalism in sport, class, gender and eroticism, and the relationship of spectacle to political structures
Release

Proceedings & Newsletter

Author: North American Society for Sport History

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Physical education and training

Page: N.A

View: 8131

Release

The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross

Author: John M. John M. Allegro

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781505452808

Category:

Page: 144

View: 8552

This book is the first published statement of the fruits of some years' work of a largely philological nature. It presents a new appreciation of the relationship of the languages of the ancient world and the implication of this advance for our understanding of the Bible and of the origins of Christianity.
Release

Cows, Pigs, Wars, and Witches

The Riddles of Culture

Author: Marvin Harris

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307801225

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

View: 4516

One of America's leading anthropolgists offers solutions to the perplexing question of why people behave the way they do. Why do Hindus worship cows? Why do Jews and Moslems refuse to eat pork? Why did so many people in post-medieval Europe believe in witches? Marvin Harris answers these and other perplexing questions about human behavior, showing that no matter how bizarre a people's behavior may seem, it always stems from identifiable and intelligble sources.
Release

Spectacles of Death in Ancient Rome

Author: Donald G. Kyle

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415248426

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 5073

The spectacle of death, exemplified by the games in the Colosseum in Rome and other coliseums, effected Roman civilization and culture by introducing death as sport and entertainment. Death games led to institutionalized violence and a savage industry that produced economic gains by profiting from murder and mayhem.
Release

The Sacred Is the Profane

The Political Nature of Religion

Author: William Edward Arnal,Russell T. McCutcheon

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0199757119

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 3336

The Sacred is the Profane collects nine essays by William Arnal and Russell McCutcheon that advance current scholarly debates on secularism-debates. The essays return, again and again, to the question of what "religion"—word and concept—accomplishes, now, for those who employ it, whether at the popular, political, or scholarly level. The focus here is on the efficacy, costs, and the tactical work carried out by dividing the world between religious and political, church and state, sacred and profane.
Release

The Sea and the Sacred in Japan

Aspects of Maritime Religion

Author: Fabio Rambelli

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350062871

Category: History

Page: 296

View: 1422

The Sea and the Sacred in Japan is the first book to focus on the role of the sea in Japanese religions. While many leading Shinto deities tend to be understood today as unrelated to the sea, and mountains are considered the privileged sites of sacredness, this book provides new ways to understand Japanese religious culture and history. Scholars from North America, Japan and Europe explore the sea and the sacred in relation to history, culture, politics, geography, worldviews and cosmology, space and borders, and ritual practices and doctrines. Examples include Japanese indigenous conceptualizations of the sea from the Middle Ages to the 20th century; ancient sea myths and rituals; sea deities and sea cults; the role of the sea in Buddhist cosmology; and the international dimension of Japanese Buddhism and its maritime imaginary.
Release

Reinventing the Sacred

A New View of Science, Reason, and Religion (Large Print 16pt)

Author: Stuart A. Kauffman

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1458722066

Category:

Page: 532

View: 9249

Consider the complexity of a living cell after 3.8 billion years of evolution. Is it more awesome to suppose that a transcendent God fashioned the cell at a stroke, or to realize that it evolved with no Almighty Hand, but arose on its own in the changing biosphere? In this bold and fresh look at science and religion, complexity theorist Stuart Kauffman argues that the qualities of divinity that we revere - creativity, meaning, purposeful action - are properties of the universe that can be investigated methodically. He offers stunning evidence for this idea in an abundance of fields, from cell biology to the philosophy of mind, and uses it to find common ground between belief systems often at odds with one another. A daring and ambitious argument for a new understanding of natural divinity, Reinventing the Sacred challenges readers both scientifically and philosophically.
Release

Making Nature Sacred

Literature, Religion, and Environment in America from the Puritans to the Present

Author: John Gatta

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198036949

Category: Religion

Page: 304

View: 2396

Since colonial times, the sense of encountering an unseen, transcendental Presence within the natural world has been a characteristic motif in American literature and culture. American writers have repeatedly perceived in nature something beyond itself-and beyond themselves. In this book, John Gatta argues that the religious import of American environmental literature has yet to be fully recognized or understood. Whatever their theology, American writers have perennially construed the nonhuman world to be a source, in Rachel Carson's words, of "something that takes us out of ourselves." Making Nature Sacred explores how the quest for "natural revelation" has been pursued through successive phases of American literary and intellectual history. And it shows how the imaginative challenge of "reading" landscapes has been influenced by biblical hermeneutics. Though focused on adaptations of Judeo-Christian religious traditions, it also samples Native American, African American, and Buddhist forms of ecospirituality. It begins with Colonial New England writers such Anne Bradstreet and Jonathan Edwards, re-examines pivotal figures such as Henry Thoreau and John Muir, and takes account of writings by Mary Austin, Rachel Carson, and many others along the way. The book concludes with an assessment of the "spiritual renaissance" underway in current environmental writing, as represented by five noteworthy poets and by authors such as Wendell Berry, Annie Dillard, Marilynne Robinson, Peter Matthiessen, and Barry Lopez. This engaging study should appeal not only to students of literature, but also to those interested in ethics and environmental studies, religious studies, and American cultural history.
Release

Blood Relations

Menstruation and the Origins of Culture

Author: Chris Knight

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 030018655X

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 592

View: 3926

The emergence of symbolic culture is generally linked with the development of the hunger-gatherer adaptation based on a sexual division of labor. This original and ingenious book presents a new theory of how this symbolic domain originated. Integrating perspectives of evolutionary biography and social anthropology within a Marxist framework, Chris Knight rejects the common assumption that human culture was a modified extension of primate behavior and argues instead that it was the product of an immense social, sexual, and political revolution initiated by women. Culture became established, says Knight, when evolving human females began to assert collective control over their own sexuality, refusing sex to all males except those who came to them with provisions. Women usually timed their ban on sexual relations with their periods of infertility while they were menstruating, and to the extent that their solidarity drew women together, these periods tended to occur in synchrony. The result was that every month with the onset of menstruation, sexual relations were ruptured in a collective, ritualistic way as the prelude to each successful hunting expedition. This ritual act was the means through which women motivated men not only to hunt but also to concentrate energies on bringing back the meat. Knight shows how this hypothesis sheds light on the roots of such cultural traditions as totemic rituals, incest and menstrual taboos, blood-sacrifice, and hunters’ atonement rites. Providing detailed ethnographic documentation, he also explains how Native American, Australian Aboriginal, and other magico-religious myths can be read as derivatives of the same symbolic logic.
Release

The Mark of the Sacred

Author: Jean-Pierre Dupuy

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804788456

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

View: 7709

Jean-Pierre Dupuy, prophet of what he calls "enlightened doomsaying," has long warned that modern society is on a path to self-destruction. In this book, he pleads for a subversion of this crisis from within, arguing that it is our lopsided view of religion and reason that has set us on this course. In denial of our sacred origins and hubristically convinced of the powers of human reason, we cease to know our own limits: our disenchanted world leaves us defenseless against a headlong rush into the abyss of global warming, nuclear holocaust, and the other catastrophes that loom on our horizon. Reviving the religious anthropology of Max Weber, Emile Durkheim, and Marcel Mauss and in dialogue with the work of René Girard, Dupuy shows that we must remember the world's sacredness in order to keep human violence in check. A metaphysical and theological detective, he tracks the sacred in the very fields where human reason considers itself most free from everything it judges irrational: science, technology, economics, political and strategic thought. In making such claims, The Mark of the Sacred takes on religion bashers, secularists, and fundamentalists at once. Written by one of the deepest and most versatile thinkers of our time, it militates for a world where reason is no longer an enemy of faith.
Release