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Structureless, Life-Threatening Space

1. In all societies explicitly rooted in tradition, a division of reality into a habitual, familiar component and an unaccustomed, strange, threatening one—or the contrariety of cosmos and chaos—has doubtless provided the most elementary orientation. Beyond the …

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Gantke, Wolfgang, “Chaos”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 23 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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