The Brill Dictionary of Religion

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Edited by: Kocku von Stuckrad

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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Symbol/Sign/Gesture

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Author(s): Kaserer, Andrea
Introduction 1. a) Religions are complex and culturally conditioned systems of interpretation, symbol, and communication, with varying stores of signs. Through signs, in their respective ways and manners, these systems interpret (‘code’) perceived reality. Here the potential repertory, and broad spectrum, of religious signs or symbols includes, besides ‘audible’ sounds, words, and propositions of → language, also all other forms of sensory → perception. These forms are, variously, spatially orien…