Profane (religion)

Profanum is the Latin word for "profane". The state of being profane, or "profanity," refers to a lack of respect for things that are held to be sacred, which implies anything inspiring or deserving of reverence, as well as behaviour showing similar disrespect or causing religious offense.[1]

The distinction between the sacred and the profane was considered by Émile Durkheim to be central to the social reality of human religion.[2]

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