Reli03
Sacred space and place and their symbolic adoption

Convenors:
Jelka Vince Pallua (Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar, Zagreb, Croatia)
Ingrid Slavec Gradišnik (ZRC SAZU)
Stream:
Religion
Location:
KWZ 1.731
Start time:
27 March, 2017 at 8:30
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

We are inviting you to focus on the adoption of sacred space and place by the symbolic inscribing of meaning into space and place. It is ritual that creates sacred space of physical structures where "God dwells", as well as of some ritually consecrated places of the houses we live in.

Long abstract:

The relationship of ethnology and cultural anthropology towards the notions of space and place has been manifold and is offering a multitude of theoretically and methodologically different approaches. It is at the same time closely connected with different ways of dwelling - with home and its making, material and immaterial, with crafting and experiencing space and place. We are inviting you to focus on the notions of sacred space and place, the symbolic adoption of them by the symbolic inscribing of meaning into space and place. By stepping on the ground of sacred space we are at the same time involved with rituals that don't only set apart particular times as sacred, but certain spaces as well. It is ritual, not actual physical structures (temples, houses of worship), that creates sacred space. We would also like to call your attention not only to the experience of space in temples and the houses of worship where "God dwells", but also to the houses we live in and their immaterial making. Namely, we know that some places in the house can be culturally constructed physical places filled in by the meaning and be identified as ritually consecrated places like for instance the threshold, hearth, roof, gable, the place under the main balk etc., places important for various customary ritual functions. The mentioned physical, built-up spaces transform themselves into the symbolic places by "making of place" by the ritual as the pathway to the sacred.