What is characteristic of religion is the sacred or the holy

What is
characteristic of religion is the /sacred/ or the /holy/, and the
characteristics and feelings associated with this are rather different
than the merely aesthetic, or even the aesthetic sense of the sublime.
To Otto, one basic feature that will always distinguish the /numinous/
<http://www.friesian.com/numinos.htm&gt; from the merely beautiful or
sublime is the *uncanny*, an /eerie/ sense that seems to accompany
something /supernatural/. The power and splendor of a thunderstorm will
seem beautiful, sublime, and terrifying, but it does not convey quite
the same kind of fear as a quiet cemetery at night.

[Immanuel Kant](http://www.friesian.com/kant.htm)

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