We're happy (and relieved!) to announce the publication of a special issue of the journal Religions titled "Sacred Space and Place". The issue was guest edited by John Nelson (USF) and focused on both specific places and entire regions where individuals and groups interact with a range of places deemed "sacred". Authors Aike Rots, Elizabeth Allison, Anna Halafoff and Matthew Clarke, Anwar Ouwassini, Jason M. Brown, Vikash Singh and Santeeta Parashar, and Thomas N. Patton all explored the histories, politics, economies, religious philosophies and common practices that have informed the logos of particular "sacred" areas. Additonally, we also acknowledge how these influences can be rejected, reformed, and repurposed, such as we have seen in the example of Buddhism in Burma from 2014 to the present day. From sanctuaries walked by shamans and tourists to forest "powerspots" accessed by multitudes through online designations––our goal is to convey the heritage of diverse religious pasts in shaping "place as sacred" for participants in today's world. Please have a look via the open access URL listed below.
John Nelson is professor in the department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of San Francisco.