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1. Landscapes appear by way of the perception and formation of the ‘natural environment.’ They are the consequence of special forms of subsistence (‘cultured landscapes’), and the expression of social conceptions of order. Religiously motivated ‘imprints’ on a landscape are of various kinds. The structuring of space, the formation of centers, → boundaries, sacred places, or taboo zones, are all lasting manif…

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Pieschel, Ursula, “Landscape”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 18 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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