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The Sacred Sphere: Exploring Sacred Concepts and Cosmic Consciousness Through Universal Symbolism [Paperback]

Paul D. Burley
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  • Paperback: 534 pages
  • Publisher: Beaver's Pond Press (17 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592984061
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592984060
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Sacred Sphere The Sacred Sphere explores world mythologies, cultural and religious philosophies, and ethnographic records from around the world, documenting the history of sacred symbols throughout the past two million years, and analyzing sacred geometries expressed in many traditions including the architecture of ancient and indigenous cultures. Full description

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5.0 out of 5 stars This exploration is phenominal 12 Nov 2013
By E.G.
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Since my purchase, this book has yet to find its way to my bookshelves - it sits at my elbow, for ease of reference!
It is an impressive first book from an author I feel certain we will increasingly respect, wherever his next projects take him - wide-ranging, informative, thought provoking, comprehensive - it forms a well-researched bridge between science (his background) and spirituality (prompted by his personal discovery).
He excavates levels of meaning which are not obvious -for example, his argument that the Ark was constructed as sphere, I found at first challenging, then completely logical. On the final page he exhorts us, during our own journeys of discovery, to 'take time to look about. Pay attention. Listen. The Sacred Sphere is all around us.'
This is a truly remarkable book, prompting and inspiring other explorers, whatever their background, to seek their own answers to the mysteries of life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for those interested in anthropology! 30 Dec 2011
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The Sacred Sphere documents the historical importance of sacred spherical symbols used by civilizations for the last ~2 million years. The book delves into world mythologies, philosophies, ethnographies, and geometries in relation to the circular patterns and symbols representing both ancient and current sacred relationships and rituals.

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Being no stranger to scientific papers and college textbooks, I gladly accepted the challenge of reading Paul D. Burley's The Sacred Sphere- Exploring sacred concepts and cosmic consciousness through universal symbolism; although, I admit the ~500 page length was intimidating at first glance. Fortunately, the author did not write this book like a textbook, but as an easy to read/ understand guidebook, full of enjoyable myths and stories as well as b&w and color photos. I have taken anthropology classes, so I know firsthand what the textbooks are like, long-winded, detail-filled, and sleep-inducing, but this book wasn't like that. I actually learned more about specific cultures and their use of symbolism from reading The Sacred Sphere than I did in a fifteen-week semester of anthropology. If my professor had included this book in the curriculum, some of the concepts and depictions would have definitely been easier to comprehend, which is what I told my professor. I especially liked the sections on "Pillars of Ancient Egypt", "The Mechanics of Space" and "Time: Temporal yet Eternal, Linear or Circular?" which sparked a lot of my interest. The book is very well-researched and written, with a well-thought-out order and progression of the "timeline" it followed. The pictures, diagrams, and tables were wonderful aides in understanding and visualizing the material presented, and I found Paul D. Burley's conclusions quite fascinating. There were a few words/phrases that I had to look-up, as well as a couple of myths that I wanted a more in-depth look at, but that is expected with any scientific or historical book of this length. Overall, I felt that the book was very enjoyable and thorough, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in anthropology, archaeology, sociology, or symbolism, or those taking a class like I did.

Rating: On the Run (4/5)

*** I received this book from the author (Bostick Communications) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible!! 24 May 2014
By Tiffarmstrong - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was wonderful! When I had to pick a book for my graduation thesis I knew it was going to be a task, then I found this book and decided to jump in. It wasn't too hard to understand, that's what Paul Burley does, he makes it so people can understand whether they have a high school diploma or their PHD. He is a wonderful writer and this book definitely got me through the remainder of my college career. I have written several papers off certain excerpts in this book. Plus, it is just fun and interesting to read even if you don't use it for school!
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