Set up some candles and a photograph of someone important in your life in the corner of a room where you spend time reflecting silently, and you've created a shrine.

Shrine comes from the Latin scrinium meaning "case or box for keeping papers." Think of a shrine as a niche or case in which the spirit of someone special is kept. It could be a statue or some other form of commemoration to either a person or a relic. A shrine can be as small as a tiny mantel in your house or it can be as massive as a building commemorating, or shrining, a sacred person.

Definitions of shrine

n a place of worship hallowed by association with some sacred thing or person

(Islam) a black stone building in Mecca that is shaped like a cube and that is the most sacred Muslim pilgrim shrine; believed to have been given by Gabriel to Abraham; Muslims turn in its direction when praying
Oracle of Apollo
(Greek mythology) the oracle at Delphi where a priestess supposedly delivered messages from Apollo to those who sought advice; the messages were usually obscure or ambiguous
a shrine where an oracular god is consulted
stupa, tope
a dome-shaped shrine erected by Buddhists
Type of:
house of God, house of prayer, house of worship, place of worship
any building where congregations gather for prayer

v enclose in a shrine

Type of:
close in, enclose, inclose, shut in
surround completely

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