Fine Arts | Sacred Places
E103 | 3102 | Deliyannis


In most parts of the world, religious activity is linked to specific
places which have ritual, mythical, or historical significance.
These "sacred spaces" become the focus of ritual activity,
pilgrimage, and symbolism, and are usually endowed with buildings
and art that celebrate the sanctity of the place, create a sense of
awe, and accommodate the activities and people who travel to visit
them.	This course offers an introduction to a representative
sample of significant sacred sites and shrines throughout the
world.  These holy places will be examined in terms of the festivals
and religions with which they are associated:  Egyptian, Greek, and
Mesoamerican religions, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and
Hinduism.  We will look at why the selected sites became holy to
certain peoples or civilizations, why  these  peoples constructed
structures at them, how the structures were planned to accommodate
assembled groups of persons and the attendant festivals and rituals,
the nature of the processions of the faithful to them, the meaning
of these sites, and whether their functions and significance have
survived to the present day unaltered or in a reconfigured form.