Melvil Decimal System: 203.5
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Philosophy and Psychology
Mathematics and Science
Arts and Recreation
Biography and History
Christian practice and observance
Christian pastoral practice and religious orders
Christian organization, social work, worship
History of Christianity
Religious mythology, general classes of religion, interreligious relations and attitudes, social theology
Public worship and other practices
Religious experience, life, practice
Leaders and organization
Missions and religious education
With Respect to Particular Groups of People
Biography; History By Place
Offerings, sacrifices, penances
Sacred places and pilgrimages
Symbolism, symbolic objects, sounds
Rites and ceremonies
Works under MDS 203.5
- Sacred Landscapes: The Threshold Between Worlds by A. T. Mann
- Haunted Spaces, Sacred Places: A Field Guide to Stone Circles, Crop Circles, Ancient Tombs, and Supernatural Landscapes by Brian Haughton
- Gods in Dwellings: Temples and Divine Presence in the Ancient Near East (Writings from the Ancient World Supplements) (Society of Biblical Literature Writings from the Ancient World Supplement) by Michael B. Hundley
- Sacred Places: Prehistory and Popular Imagination by Bob Trubshaw
- Sacred Places Europe: 108 Destinations (Sacred Places: 108 Destinations series) by Brad Olsen
- Sacred Journeys: Rituals, Routes and Pilgrimages to Spiritual Fulfilment by Rebecca Hind
- The Galaxy on Earth: A Travelers Guide to the Planets Visionary Geography by Richard Leviton
- Land of Pure Vision: The Sacred Geography of Tibet and the Himalaya by David Zurick
- Pilgrimage and Faith: Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam by Virginia C. Raguin
- Sacred Places of Kentucky by Amanda Hervey and Rev. Roger Jasper
- Opening the Mountain: Circumambulating Mount Tamalpais, A Ritual Walk by Matthew Davis
- War on Sacred Grounds by Ron E. Hassner
- Legacy of the Gods: The Origin of Sacred Sites and the Rebirth of Ancient Wisdom by Freddy Silva
- Earth Meets Spirit: A Photographic Journey Through the Sacred Landscape by Douglas Beasley
- From The Holy Land to Graceland: Sacred People, Places and Things in Our Lives by Gary Vikan
- Sacred sites of the World by Nirad Grover
- Religion, Violence, Memory, and Place by Oren Stier
- The Road Trip Pilgrim's Guide: Witchdoctors, Magic Tokens, Camping on Golf Courses, and Everything Else You Need to Know to Go on a Pilgrimage by Dan Austin
- The Venus Blueprint: Uncovering the Ancient Science of Sacred Spaces by Richard Merrick
- Sacred Sites: Contested Rites/Rights by Jenny Blain
- Sacred Places by Rebecca Hind
- Sacred Words and Worlds: Geography, Religion, and Scholarship, 1550-1700 by Zur Shalev
- The Spiritual Traveler Spain: A Guide to Sacred Sites and Pilgrim Routes by Beebe Bahrami
- Common Wealth: The Origin of Places of Power and the Rebirth of Ancient Wisdom by Freddy Silva
- Choreographies of Shared Sacred Sites: Religion, Politics, and Conflict Resolution (Religion, Culture, and Public Life) by Elazar Barkan
MDS classes with significant recommendations overlap, excluding ones under the same top-level class.
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