What, for me, is the sacred? To be more exact: what does my sacred consist of? What objects, places, or occasions awake in me that mixture of fear and attachment, that ambiguous attitude caused by the approach of something simultaneously attractive and dangerous, prestigious and outcast — that combination of respect, desire, and terror that we take as the psychological sign of the sacred? . . . It is a matter of searching through some of the humblest things, taken from everyday life and located outside of what today makes up the officially sacred (religion, fatherland, morals).

Excerpt from Leiris’ lecture to the College de Sociologie, “The Sacred in Everyday Life” (1938), quoted in Ben Highmore’s Everyday Life and Cultural Theory (2002), p.58.