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Altars and icons : sacred spaces in everyday life

Author: Jean McMann
Publisher: San Francisco : Chronicle Books, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Don't we all crave a refuge from daily life, a haven of tranquility, regardless of our creed? Altars and Icons draws together 40 eclectic personal shrines in the first photographic celebration of its kind. Here are altars -- formal and casual, secular and religious, heartfelt and whimsical -- created to evoke contemplation, inspire creativity, amuse, encourage, or honor the memory of a loved one. Amalia and Carlos  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Altars and icons.
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, ©1998
(OCoLC)647435146
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jean McMann
ISBN: 0811818160 9780811818162
OCLC Number: 37492964
Description: 124 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Remembering and forgetting: shelves, dresser tops, and windowsills as landscapes of memory --
Celebrating the hearth and home: Home shrines that express and help maintain family structures ; The fireplace mantel as vestigial core of the dwelling --
Away from home: Traveling Shrines: Comfort, protection, continuity ; Personal objects in the workplace ; Inspiration, subversion, disguises, and badges of identity --
Planted outdoors: Symbols in the garden and landscape: Sowing, reaping, transporting, transplanting, and discovering them --
Personal icons: Gods, heroes, teachers, muses, and other icons --
Meditating: Places where the mind can rest.
Responsibility: [compiled] by Jean McMann.
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"Don't we all crave a refuge from daily life, a haven of tranquility, regardless of our creed? Altars and Icons draws together 40 eclectic personal shrines in the first photographic celebration of its kind. Here are altars -- formal and casual, secular and religious, heartfelt and whimsical -- created to evoke contemplation, inspire creativity, amuse, encourage, or honor the memory of a loved one. Amalia and Carlos Vasquez celebrate the Day of the Dead in a bright-hued altar of roses. Harrod Blank makes his car an emotional sounding board, adding a new element (bottle cap, figurine, birthday cake) each time he feels the urge to express himself. Eleanor Coppola offers a sunny spot for family memories, while in other homes a kitchen table commemorates Kwanza and a living room altar showers praise on a beloved cow. Including interviews with the people who fashion these remarkable shrines, as well as plenty of how-to tips, Altars and Icons is inspiration for creating your own sacred place."--Amazon.

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