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Astral Religion
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[German Version]

(from Gk ἄστρα/ástra, “stars”) refers to the cultic worship of heavenly bodies or deities associated with them. The relationship between a heavenly body and a deity may range from identification to mere association – the boundaries are fluid. There is no astral religion per se, but elements of astral religion appear within particular religious systems. Some scholars have attempted to trace the whole of mythology to astral religion or astral mythology, but such theories are now obsolete. It is important to distinguish astral religion from astrology, which studies t…

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Hutter, Manfred, “Astral Religion”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 February 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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