This week we discussed the critical importance that origin myths and material objects have in the composition, sustenance, and interpretation of sacred spaces. How does an act of divination encompass the space around it and makes it sacred? How does an object, like a tray, become more than a mere marginal ornament or a prop in the constitution of such sacred space? How does a person go from holding an object, or even merely looking at it, to engaging a whole cosmology? How can such an action and the event it generates lead them to experience the Homeland, even if they are not there? How do objects get woven with poetics, mimesis, and/or devotion to lead to the experience of the sacred and the constitution of a sacred space or place? How does the Yorùbá religion depend on objects like this for branding a space sacred, for everyone to see and grasp the hierophantic? What other objects can you think of in your own experience of the sacred that are equivalent in this matter?
Write a reflection in which you consider these questions and answer some of them. The post is due on Sunday October 27 at midnight.