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1. The didactic distinction between purity and impurity, and the symbols and rituals that realize it, belong to the basic conditions of every religion. Notions of purity articulate a symbolically ordered world of flourishing religious life. The longing for purity is intimately paired with the yearning for sal…

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Bahr, Petra, “Purity”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 04 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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