Date Presented

Spring 5-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Prof. Siobhan Byrns

Second Advisor

Dr. Laura Kicklighter

Third Advisor

Dr. Amy Merrill Willis


Sacred spaces across different cultures and religions are important to establishing and maintaining a connection with the divine. Institutionally recognized sacred spaces offer a sense of unity and purpose. Local public spaces offer a sense of connection and community. Domestic home spaces offer a sense of intimacy and belonging. Having a sacred space within the home can be integral to maintaining a spiritual or meditative practice, as well as offer a momentary escape from the outside world. Home altars are an important type of sacred space where everyday objects and spaces are transformed into sacred objects and spaces. It is within even the humblest of home altar or domestic sacred space that spiritual practices are performed that are just as valid, impactful, and important as the altars within grand cathedrals occur.