The Brill Dictionary of Religion

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The impressively comprehensive Brill Dictionary of Religion (BDR) Online addresses religion as an element of daily life and public discourse, is richly illustrated and with more than 500 entries, the Brill Dictionary of Religion Online is a multi-media reference source on the many and various forms of religious commitment. The Brill Dictionary of Religion Online addresses the different theologies and doctrinal declarations of the official institutionalized religions and gives equal weight and consideration to a multiplicity of other religious phenomena. The Brill Dictionary of Religion Online helps map out and define the networks and connections created by various religions in contemporary societies, and provides models for understanding these complex phenomena.

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Ku Klux Klan

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Author(s): Unger, Frank
1. The Ku Klux Klan, later the “Invisible Empire, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan,” is phonetically derived from the Greek kúklos (‘cycle,’ or ‘circle’), appending an arbitrary spelling of ‘clan’ for the purpose of a triple visual alliteration that might inspire curiosity and uneasiness. The name originally designated a secret society of white men in the American Southern States unwilling to come to terms with the outcome of the Civil War (1861–1865)—the victory of the Northern states, and the emancipation of the black …