Hierophany

From Jacobs, CyberRituals.pdf (page 1105)

A term in the reading further defined by Eliade

Definition: s a term designating the manifestation of the sacred. The term involves no further specification. Herein lies its advantage: It refers to any manifestation of the sacred in whatever object throughout history. Whether the sacred appear in a stone, a tree, or an incarnate human being, a hierophany denotes the same act: A reality of an entirely different order than those of this world becomes manifest in an object that is part of the natural or profane sphere.

Source: https://www.encyclopedia.com/environment/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/hierophany

2 thoughts on “Hierophany”

  1. I loved the use of this term when reading Eliade’s passage because it really helped me understand the true meaning of sacred. I spent a lot of time looking into this word!

  2. I also liked the use of hierophany in Jacobs’ reading. I think it is a great explanation for sacred and profane. It relates to Jacobs’ article in its entirety because these websites (the virtual temples and churches) are turned into something sacred that could otherwise be perceived as profane.

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