The Fireplace Box

The sacred versus profane. A reflection on the hill of Santa Ana de Puertollano. According to Mircea Eliade, the modern western world, finds it hard to accept that the sacred versus the profane can manifest in rocks, trees or cliffs. Worship is not a hill for example, by itself, in both its nature but because it is a hierophany, as something sacred shows us, transmuted to the totally other – ganz andere – ie, fully differentiated of humanity to which we are void, powerless, and we are but mere creatures dazzle. Our predecessors looked qualitative habitat with distinct spaces, take off your shoes, "he ordered God to Moses," because you are standing is holy ground.

In Western societies today, space is homogeneous, neutral, biomass merely differentiated by microclimates, trees, plains and deserts, but holy geographical areas. However, and according to Mircea Eliade, profane space, there are special places that remember the non-uniformity of religious experience of space. People have particular holy places: landscapes of childhood, the street where we met the love of our youth, or the building erected on the site of the birthplace. The people cast the same patterns and spaces devoted backbone of their culture. Think of Mount Olympus or Golgotha. In Puertollano, many people called block chimney hill Santa Ana assimilating the link between heaven and earth, the remains of an optical telegraph tower. That is the essential element: the ontological differentiation determined by a flagship center located at the top. Puertollano sacred space, as distinct from the profane is the hill of Santa Ana is to be understood not as a sacred place of initiation, of Orthodox worship, pilgrimages to venerate a relic but as a geographical point where you have been following the different evolutionary stages of the city and is essential to know its idiosyncrasies.