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Journal:   JOURNAL OF ONTOLOGICAL RESEARCHES   SPIRNG-SUMMER 2014 , Volume 3 , Number 5; Page(s) 1 To 21.
 
Paper: 

ELIADE AND ONTOLOGY OF SACRED

 
 
Author(s):  ELMI GHORBAN*
 
* UNIVERSITY OF TEHRAN
 
Abstract: 

This paper studies the ontology of Mircea Eliade. Eliade’s historical-religious hermeneutic method explores the meaning and interpretation of messages hidden in religious myths, symbols and rituals. According to him, question of the meaning of existence is an important and real question for human being. Every religion, even in its most primitive form, is ontology. He divides human beings into two categories: the man of traditional society, who is definitely homo religious and the modern man. He denies that of the thinking of archaic man is illusory. He wants to live in a real and effective world. There are two modes of being in the world: sacred and profane. The sacred represents the real, order and the significant. Profane being is the opposite of the sacred mode of being: amorphous, relative and heterogeneous. He indicates that the sacred is equivalent to the real, to absolute truth, and to being. Eliade’s exposition of archaic ontology suggests several unspecified implications: it is relational, non- derivable, non-reducible, non-contingent, dynamic and static. The essence precedes existence. It means that homo religious is what one is precisely because of primal events at the beginning of time. The sacred appears in the forms of myths, gods, symbols, creation and human beings. The manifestation of the sacred is dialectical, by which the ordinary things are transformed to sacred. Symbols and myths reveal the “Being”. The basis of myth is ontology. Since archaic and primitive myths account for the origin of realities, they are considered sacred and likewise eternally true. Homo religious, in the light of myths sees the manifestation of the “Being”. He considers himself its shepherd. It appears that he construes the profane, at least for the archaic or primitive person, to be unreal or illusory.

 
Keyword(s): BEING, ONTOLOGY, SACRED, HOMO RELIGIOUS, PROFANE, ELIADE
 
 
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APA: Copy

ELMI, G. (2014). ELIADE AND ONTOLOGY OF SACRED. JOURNAL OF ONTOLOGICAL RESEARCHES, 3(5), 1-21. https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=403951



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ELMI GHORBAN. ELIADE AND ONTOLOGY OF SACRED. JOURNAL OF ONTOLOGICAL RESEARCHES. 2014 [cited 2021May15];3(5):1-21. Available from: https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=403951



IEEE: Copy

ELMI, G., 2014. ELIADE AND ONTOLOGY OF SACRED. JOURNAL OF ONTOLOGICAL RESEARCHES, [online] 3(5), pp.1-21. Available: https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=403951.



 
 
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