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Group, religious
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1. With few exceptions, religions have always been a social phenomenon. The forms of their community formation and societal nature, as well as their types of social organization, are worthy of inquiry. Individual paths, such as those of hermits, or pillar-dwellers, or mystics, are to be found at least in…

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Zinser, Hartmut, “Group, religious”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 23 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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