Sam Harris Dictionary: Hierophany

Hierophany

Hierophany

hi‧e‧ro‧pha‧ny | /hɪ.əˈɹɒ.fə.ni/
Meaning: The manifestation of the holy or sacred through a temporal object or being serving as a figure for worship.
Hierophany is from the Ancient Greek hierós, “sacred, holy sign” and phaínō, “show, appear”, and was possibly coined by Mircea Eliade, a Romanian religious historian and philosopher, in his book “The Sacred and the Profane”.
Sam Harris uses the word “hierophany” in episode #220 of the Making Sense Podcast “The Information Apocalypse” with Nina Schick.