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The Sacred Center

The Ancient Art of Locating Sanctuaries
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Inner Traditions
 | 
April, 2009
ISBN:
9781594772849
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Symbols of ritual centers are among the most persistent elements of myth and belief between cultures widely separated in time and space. Every tribe and state had its “generation center,” a sacred area within its heartland where its legendary founders gave birth to its people and established their laws. Within the inner sanctum of the sanctuary was an altar or pillar, the omphalos or navel stone, that marked the midpoint of the home territory and represented the world-pole around which everything revolved. It was the focus of a perpetual cycle of rituals and festivals that passed with the seasons throughout the country and held its people under the spell of a golden age.

In The Sacred Center John Michell reveals the precise methods by which the ancients located the appropriate centers and adopted them as sanctuaries. The same principles of ritual geography in the siting of Akhenaten’s capital in
Egypt
and Megalopolis in classical
Greece
apply also to the traditional centers of small territories and islands. The rediscovery of these sites—such as the spot at the center of
Ireland
where the Celtic High Kings were installed—sheds new light on the ritualized order of prehistoric societies and the sacred, scientific code on which they were founded. These revelations from the distant past are of great significance in present times, for in them are the secrets of harmony on every scale, from the personal to the universal. Restoring the sacred center to its former place of prominence offers the possibility of a renaissance of human culture, ideally centered upon the image of a perfectly ordered Cosmos.

Among John Michell’s other influential books are The Dimensions of Paradise and Secrets of the Stones.

Publisher’s Description: 

The Sacred Center reveals the symbolism and power behind sacred locations in ancient and modern times. Michell explains the need and role for ritual centers in modern society, while examining how ancient territorial centers were sited throughout the world.Symbols of ritual centers are among the most persistent elements of myth and belief between cultures widely separated in time and space. Every tribe and state had its generation center, a sacred area within its heartland where its legendary founders gave birth to its people and established their laws. Within the inner sanctum of the sanctuary was an altar or pillar, the omphalos or navel stone, that marked the midpoint of the home territory and represented the world-pole on which everything revolved. It was the focus of a perpetual cycle of rituals and festivals that passed with the seasons around the country and held its people under the spell of a golden age.

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