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The Indo-European languages have a range of words for ‘father’, but they all share the “nucleus of power” [21. 259], including the metaphor of protection and nourishment (e.g. in English, lord = ‘loaf-guardian’, i.e. ‘keeper of the bread’). ‘Father’ was also used in titles of other persons of authority, such as Father for ‘abbot’, Latin pater as “spiritual father” (pastor, spiritual guide).


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Wunder, Heide, “Father”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 20 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_029479>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180126

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