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Introduction To Part III

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The American Museum of Natural History has among its holdings a Siberian Shaman's coat. Fashioned of caribou hide, the coat has a map embroidered on the front. The Siberian Shaman's coat allows one to adduce two basic features of a "sacred topography". The Siberian Shaman's coat is a strong model of a sacred topography; yet the sacred topographies that arise from the religions of the Abrahamic tradition are marked by significant communicational differences that arise from the very onto-theological character of monotheism. One can clearly separate and establish a difference between sacred topography, in so much as it names localities within geographical expanses as sacred sites where the Yahwehist narrative unfolds, and sacred topographies, which constitute sites or zones on the body of its religious adherents. The chapters in this part of the book fall into these two types of topography.

Keywords: Abrahamic tradition; sacred topography; Shaman's map; Siberian Shaman's coat; Yahwehist narrative



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