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Remembrance and Commemoration
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Human memory is a cognitive process that occurs in the brain. Commemorations, by contrast, are material practices that employ writing, graphical images, and ritual practices to activate memory. Since commemoration is necessarily selective, it typically focuses on a small subset of the features or qualities of the person or events remembered. Because it is selective, commemoration als…

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Kloppenborg, J.S., “Remembrance and Commemoration”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 21 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2022

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