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Название: Holy People of the World: A Cross-Cultural Encyclopedia (3 Volume Set)
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Редактор: Phyllis Jestice
Количество страниц: 1045
Размер: 13 Mb
The theme of this work "is that most effective intermediary between heaven and earth: the holy human being who has a foot in both realms." More than 1,000 of the 1,183 entries are biographical sketches of men and women from a variety of religious traditions, including African religions, Amerindian religions, Bahaism, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Shinto, and Sikhism. There are also survey articles that address aspects of holy people across religious traditions. For example, Attributes of holy people discusses special marks or signs various traditions have regarded as proof of an individual's holiness, while Intermediaries shows the place of the holy person as mediator between the divine and the rest of humankind. Other entries describe activities or lifestyles commonly associated with holy people (e.g., Meditation and holy people, Hermits). Still others treat the intersection of holy people with such topics as aesthetics, gender, politics, suffering, and violence.