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Happenings and Histories

1. The word ‘history’ is a translation of the Greek historía (basic meaning: ‘gaining of information,’ ‘investigation,’ ‘narration’). Toward the turn of the eighteenth/nineteenth centuries, this word developed into the latinized form história. Between the ‘happenings’ and (hi-)story, howeve…

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Mohn, Jürgen, “History”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 25 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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