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Architecture, Sacred
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If religion is to be a vital institution in society, buildings are needed: from a walled approach or entranceway to a cave, to pieces of architecture reserved exclusively for religious use. Buildings for worship are places where gods are thought of as dwelling, where their images are displayed, and where persons show their reverence through gifts. The altar is not always the central point. The Greek temple is rather a treasure house for votive gifts, while the sacrifice is offered on the altar i…

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Auffarth, Christoph, “Architecture, Sacred”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 16 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5287_bdr_SIM_00008>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223



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