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Cemetery
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Surrounded by a wall, and near a church (or even partly within), and enjoying the latter's ‘immunity’ from assault lies the cemetery (Middle English cimiterie, from Lat., coemeterium, Greek koimētērion, and ultimately from koiman, ‘to put to sleep’; compare Ger., Frieden, denoting ‘peace’; cf. Friedhof, ‘cemetery’). Even fugitives seeking asylum could find safety here. The social prestige of the departed is reflected in the choice and form of the burial place. In the course of the nineteenth century, locations of burial were established o…

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Auffarth, Christoph, “Cemetery”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 29 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5287_bdr_COM_00071>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223



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