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Auditory Hallucination
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[German Version]

(Lat. auditio, hearing) denotes an experience in which someone hears something although there is no real speaker. Therefore, from a psychological point of view this experience is, like a vision, regarded as a hallucination. Both events occur in a waking state and are different from dreams. Auditory hallucination becomes an important phenomenon for religious studies because of its specific religious interpretation as revelation, the calling of a prophet, or an oracle, etc. Through its religious interpretation and acceptance within a social community,…

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Zinser, Hartmut, “Auditory Hallucination”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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