The Sacred and the Profane
3 pages (750 words)
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 old way of life which is not in conformity with the new life in Christ.