As interest increases in the role of world religions in history and international affairs, the new edition of Encyclopedia of Sacred Places—which arrives 15 years after the publication of the original edition—provides new and updated information on site-specific religious practice and spiritually significant locations around the globe.
While many of the entries describe specific places, like the Erawan Shrine and the Rock of Cashel, others examine types of sacred sites, pilgrimages, and practices. With articles that describe both the places and their associated traditions and history, this reference book reveals the enormous diversity and cultural significance of religious practice worldwide. For students and teachers of classes ranging from high school geography to university-level courses in religious studies, geography, anthropology, and sociology, this book provides essential reference on places of great significance to the world’s various faith traditions.
- Over 300 A–Z entries covering sites and pilgrimages sacred to the world's major religious traditions
- Illustrative photographs and maps
- A glossary of relevant terms
- Appendices listing sites by country, faith tradition, and placement in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites