The Odyssey of the Sacred

Publisher presentation

Since its appearance, Homo sapiens has felt fear and admiration in the face of the power of Nature and has wondered about the enigma of its existence. From this feeling of the sacred were born all the great spiritual and religious currents of the world.

Why sapiens also a Homo spiritus : the only animal that seeks to give meaning to its life, practices funeral rituals, invents great collective stories and very often believes in invisible forces?

Frédéric Lenoir attempts to answer these essential questions and shows, throughout this journey through time, the correlation between the great spiritual revolutions and the upheavals in human societies: from sedentarization to the connected world, through the birth of cities, civilizations, empires and modernity.
After the international success of Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, this book by Frédéric Lenoir, the fruit of more than thirty years of research, tells us, in simple and accessible language, the prodigious story of Homo spiritus and the sacred, of Prehistory nowadays.

Albin Michel, October 18, 2023 – 528 pages
EAN: 9782226438201
ISBN: 2226438203


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