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Grave/Tomb
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The grave or tomb is a place of repose for the dead, and a station along their journey. It has (1) the character of a defense in their regard, inasmuch as it preserves them from desecration by persons, from devastation by animals or natural catastrophes, and from hurtful assaults by demons: inscriptions or protective symbols reinforce this aspect. It has (2) a function of security for the living: the dead are kept in the tomb lest, frightening and terrorizing, they be able to penetrate the realm…

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Hutter, Manfred, “Grave/Tomb”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 18 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5287_bdr_COM_00188>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223



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