Why is a certain location sacred? For the Inuit people of Igloolik in eastern Canada, a sacred space is one that is usually apart from the community, since it is a snowy area with no trace of any kind on it — only clear, fresh snow. Why or how does a certain object or location become sacred? Generally, some inexplicable peculiarity it has leads to the belief that it is possessed of a spirit or a soul.

Nancy C. Zak, Dialogues with the Living Earth by James Swan, editor, Roberta Swan, editor