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Sacred places around the world : 108 destinations
Olsen, Bradford Sorum.
Personal Author:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
San Francisco, Calif. : Consortium of Collective Consciousness, [2004]

Physical Description:
280 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
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BL580 .O47 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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World travelers and armchair tourists who want to explore the mythology and archaeology of the ruins, sanctuaries, mountains, lost cities, and temples of ancient civilizations will find this guide ideal. Detailed here are the monuments and sites where ancient peoples once gathered to perform sacred rituals and ceremonies to worship various gods and to achieve spiritual enlightenment. Important archaeological, historical, and geological destinations worldwide are profiled, from the Great Pyramid in Egypt and the Forbidden City in China to the Temples of Angkor in Cambodia and Mount Shasta in California. Sites are described in historical and cultural context, and practical contemporary travel information is provided, including detailed maps, drawings, photographs, and travel directions. This replaces 1888729023.

Author Notes

Brad Olsen is the editor of In Search of Adventure and the author of World Stompers , Extreme Adventure Hawaii , and Extreme Adventure Northern California . He lives in San Francisco.

Reviews 1

Library Journal Review

For the traveler in search of sacred mountains and caves, pyramids, holy places, temples and shrines, lost cities, and natural wonders, this work serves up 108 destinations. Pilgrimage has a long tradition, and this guidebook provides many interesting suggestions for those who seek a spiritual focus in their travels. Most of the places discussed are familiar to travelers. What is especially useful about this book is its providing historical background and detailing the spiritual practices associated with many of these places, especially their origins. The call of the past and a chance to walk where those before us have gone will likely strike a chord; this book by Olsen (World Stompers) could whet any traveler's appetite for the exotic and the spiritual. Though the book's directions, photos, and author-drawn maps are more evocative than informational, this book will give readers and travelers much to ponder. Recommended for all libraries with travel sections. Nancy Almand, Weld Lib. Dist., Greeley, CO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.