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Sacrality Without Borders: Thoughts on Virtual Cult Sites

Frauhammer, Krisztina (2016) Sacrality Without Borders: Thoughts on Virtual Cult Sites. In: Experiencing Religion (SIEF-Working Group Ethnology of Religion), 2010. 06. 01-03., Varsó.

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Abstract

Beyond everyday existence there is an area known as the transcendent or sometimes as the sacred. It cannot be grasped, it falls beyond the borders of human perception. Nevertheless it shows itself in many ways and so it can be experienced, for example as it is manifested in this world. The manifestation of the transcendent also has another perspective. In this the focus is on the individual and his openness. It is this openness that makes the individual capable of noticing the divine presence manifested to him in everyday life. He perceives that he can name, for example, feelings and situations where the transcendent was able to influence him to perform actions with which it could reach him. This perception can be grasped, we have tools whereby we can describe it and show it. Such tools can be the rites, their prayer, song and liturgical texts, pilgrimage, etc. These mark the frames of the manifestation of the transcendent. The individual enters into contact with the transcendent within these frames, drawing on the experiences acquired in the community, that is, on his sacral preparedness. Apart from occasions of individual prayer, until the recent past this sacral communication had a very concrete, definable place: the spaces of churches, chapels, monasteries and other sacral buildings.With the spread of the Internet the borders of these spaces for communication, including sacral communication, have extended far beyond the real frames listed above and the steady spread of virtual cult places can also be observed. The result of all these circumstances has been the emergence of very individual, very eclectic devotional techniques.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: In: Experiencing Religion. LIT Verlag, Berlin, pp. 143-152. ISBN 978-3-643-90727-1
Uncontrolled Keywords: individual prayers, virtual cult sites,written devotion, petitions, thanksgiving
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion / filozófia, pszichológia, vallás > BL Religion / vallás
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion / filozófia, pszichológia, vallás > BR Christianity / kereszténység
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation / földrajz, antropológia, kikapcsolódás > GR Folklore / etnológia, folklór, kulturális antropológia
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation / földrajz, antropológia, kikapcsolódás > GT Manners and customs / néprajz, szokások, hagyományok
Depositing User: Dr. Krisztina Frauhammer
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2016 10:21
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2016 11:52
URI: http://real.mtak.hu/id/eprint/35542

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