Boundary

A limit of a subject or sphere of activity (Merriam-Webster)

“…the boundary debated by social scientists between city folk and others turned into the charged threshold between the sacred and the mundane for spiritual seekers” (Orsi, 9).

Orsi talks a lot about boundaries, specifically about the boundary of what is sacred and what is not sacred.Orsi says that the boundary of the inner city is sacred because it is where God is encountered.

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  1. This idea of establishing boundaries is explored in Ayesha Ramachandran’s “The Worldmakers. In it, she discusses how Mercator “joins the stars to the earth, combines the sacred and the profane, displays an entire vision of the world, demarcates the boundaries of its kingdoms, and establishes with certainty the progression of historical time” through mapmaking (Ramachandran 60). Here, the use of boundary takes on cartographic, religious, and historic meanings. Cartographically, the atlas creates a detailed image of the world, showing where the boundaries of nations begin and end. Religiously, boundaries play an important role in separating the sacred form the profane, creating “the harmonious structure of the world” though a “god’s-eye view” (Ramachandran 42). In this way, the mapmaker can be seen as a god-like being, defining for others the boundaries between insider and outsider, sacred and profane. Historically, the atlas, in particular, is useful for noting changes to boundaries over time. Wars and conquests may alter where mapmakers places boundaries on a map, yet an atlas may document the details of cultures and identities that shape the world in a particular time period.

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