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 (sā′krə-līz′, săk′rə-)
tr.v. sa·cra·lized, sa·cra·liz·ing, sa·cra·liz·es
To make sacred.

sa′cral·i·za′tion (-lĭ-zā′shən) n.
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(ˈseɪkrəˌlaɪz) or


vb (tr)
(Anthropology & Ethnology) to make sacred
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(ˈseɪ krəˌlaɪz, ˈsæk rə-)

v.t. -ized, -iz•ing.
to make sacred; imbue with sacred character.
sa`cral•i•za′tion, n.
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Since 2004, a wide range of special issue stamps have represented: (1) famous Buddhist monks, keji ajan or "magic monks", reputed to possess the spiritual power to bless, sacralize and magically empower (pluksek) amulets (phrakhrueang); (2) famous amulets reputed to possess supernatural protective powers; (3) Indian deities (thep khaek or jao khaek), including Brahma, Vishnu, Ganesh and Shiva, which are at the centre of resurgent spirit medium cults; (4) Chinese Taoist deities such the Eight Immortals (poi sian) and figures from Chinese Mahayana Buddhism such as the bodhisattva Guan Yin, called Kuan Im in Thailand; and (5) royal figures from Thai history such as King Chulalongkorn (Rama V, r.
The payoff here is that Durkheimian synthesis "elucidates sacrifice's dual function within the double narrative of capitalism: sacrifice's circular structure is the means by which the capitalist agent engages in self-interested exchange and experiences communion with others in acts that sacralize and stabilize those relations" (57).
We worship the "free market," sacralize CEO salaries and anathematize a $15 per hour minimum wage.
She also excoriates scholarship along with pedagogical ventures that either sacralize the Holocaust as "unrepresentable" or instrumentalize it as an all-purpose antibody against "'totalitarianism, racism, [and] state-sponsored mass murder'" (14, citing Philip Gourevitsch).
While Benthamites tend not to want to mention this material addendum to the written corpus, Collings sees in Bentham's refusal to honor the customs that sacralize the dead a demystifying impulse that mirrors Burke's denial of antagonism and reversibility; Bentham's work is infused with "the hope that we might collectively overcome antagonism" and achieve "a form of government free of the logic of reversibility, bound by nothing more than the task of managing the benign operations of a perfectly ordered system" (96).
But instead of calling the "religious revival" that marks much of political activism of the 1950s a "miracle" that seems detached from what came before, we need more analysis of how Southerners like Howard Thurman, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Martin Luther King redefined churches for the political square and managed to sacralize political activity in ways religious authorities like J.
Hence, jihad indeed plays a prominent role in the textbooks, but rather than an incitement to violence against minorities, corrupt government, etc., jihad most often acts as a means for the nation-state to sacralize the duty of the citizen to defend the homeland in the case of aggression and never as a means to transform the society that the nation-state represents.
To take but one example: in the long history of discussion about the relationship of science and religion, we often find that theology, particularly in its Christian theistic form, is either being used to "sacralize" nature or is being employed as a complement to science in the interpretation and description of the "natural" world.
We learn that the Jews were the first to sacralize one of the days, which they marked by worship and rest.
For centuries, African-Americans held this rueful role, but since the Civil Rights movement that onus has shifted to gay people, who have managed so far to deflect this role even as the Right tries to "sacralize" their status as outsiders.
Through the visual effects of the Julio scene and the scene in which Pandulpho brings the corpse of Feliche to Antonio, together with the final vengeance scene and the closing passages in which the revenge quartet takes leave of Venice and the audience, Marston uses both Old and New Testament imagery to sacralize revenge.