The Sacred and the Profane
... Nabea Dr. Mbiti Philosophy, 1o1 27 Nov. The Sacred and the Profane The three meanings of baptism rituals highlighted by Mircea Eliade
Mircea Eliade understands the Christian baptism ritual, as a very rich ritual, fraught with religious meanings. In his book, The Sacred and the Profane, Eliade highlights three chief significance of the baptismal ritual.
First, Eliade views baptism ritual as an act of cleansing and sanctification. Baptism signifies, first and foremost, the washing away of sins, of the baptized Christian. Just like water is used ordinarily in cleaning, and renewing things, water, also, is used symbolically to signify the cleansing of the baptized Christian from his early sins, and o...