Saturday, September 30, 2017

Loca Religious, Loca Sacra

I found Peter Nabokos's description of the Roman's interpretation of sacred land in Where the Lightning Strikes: The Lives of American Indian Sacred Places interesting,
"The ancient Romans recognized two kinds of sacred places. First, were loca sacra, which means sites that were turned over to religious use through human acts of consecration and dedication to ritual practice, places such as temples, graveyards and areas for sacred dance. Second were loca religious  which referred to locations that were revealed to be intrinsically holy or endowed with invisible powers through  the miraculous events that took place." Page 52

What is revealing about this is that I focus on the imprints of a place. The positive vibe, impressions and memories created from religious and spiritual actions and thoughts done at a plac; loca sacra

I also look at the special aspects, or parts, of Mother Earth found at a particular location. For example, the Fields of Consciousness found in North Star County (America's Northeast) where Ley Lines originate from and has been home to so much in spirituality and social justice; birthplace of Democracy, the Women's Movement, America's First and Second Great Awakenings, Spiritualism, Seven Day Adventists, Mormonism, the New Age movement, conservationism that would lead to the environmental movement, and much, much more...Ultimately it is what it does for your soul, or psyche that matters most.

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