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The Lost World of Conficianism, by Ian McEwan

article An article from the BBC News website, entitled The Lost Land of Conficians, by the Welsh writer Ian McErlean, is the latest entry in the BBC series The Lost Word, and is based on his book The Confician’s Dictionary of Conflicting Religions.It is a fantastic read, but I would have much preferred the full […]

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Why I am so passionate about the history of the word ‘sacred’

A word that has become so sacred in the modern world that it can be applied to any subject, from religion to race to history to politics.For some, it has become a synonym for prejudice, or an insult.But for a certain group of people, it is an identity, and it has had a very specific […]

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Taoism’s sacred objects and the rise of modern sacred objects

A Chinese Taoist statue in the Forbidden City, a city in central Beijing, was restored by a group of volunteers who wanted to show respect to the city’s ancient buildings and sacred objects.The sculpture of a bull was stolen from the Great Wall of China in 1884 and is now at the center of a […]

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How to interpret a coin’s sacred object

By Michael T. Sacks/Associated PressFor the most part, sacred objects are just symbols of things sacred, not a meaningful part of a person’s identity.That’s why it’s so hard to figure out what an actual sacred object is.The ancient Greeks and Romans believed in a series of gods and goddesses that guided humanity through life, while […]

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