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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Water as Sacred Enviornment Workshop

19th December 2009, 09:00 to 13:00, TBC

Across religions world-wide, water can be shown to draw ritual actions such as votive deposition and temple building. Rivers, lakes, pools, wells and springs as well as river mouths and intertidal locations, have provided a foci for ritual practices and structures, or even the presence of ritual specialists, hermits and monastic/ religious communities in the past and present.

This opening session will, via ten papers, seek to explore the different ways in which watery environments provide a forum for religious or ritual action and how such places are enhanced and developed as sacred foci.

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