September 29, 2023


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Book Review: Sacred and Profane – Unusual Customs and Strange Rituals by G.S. Sachdeva

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Book Review

Bhaskar Parichha reviews G.S. Sachdeva’s Sacred and Profane – Unusual Customs and Strange Rituals emphasizing that this book not a religious exposition or vindication of rituals

  • Published by: SAGE Publications India
  • Year of Publishing: 2020

In the celebrated book The Sacred and the Profane, Mircea Eliade, Romanian historian of religion, observes that while modern-day individuals believe their world is entirely sacrilegious, at times they still find themselves connected unconsciously to the memory of something sacred. It’s this premise that drives Eliade’s comprehensive survey of the sacred and supports his expansive view of the human experience.  

Approximately in similar lines, the current book, ‘Sacred and Profane: Unusual Customs and Strange Rituals,’ by GS Sachdeva explores varied ceremonials and pageantries. He neither supports their continuance nor disapproves them. 

Reads the blurb:

The battle between scientific temper and superstition has raged since ages. One may believe that unusual rituals and customs are extinct in the times of artificial intelligence and bots, but it is far from the truth.

Source: Blurb

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