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I. History of Religions – II. Missiology

I. History of Religions

Bhakti (Sanskrit, “participation, devotion, love”) is a devotional, in some respects ecstatic, adoration of God and personal experience of God. It originated in southern India in the 7th century and spread to northern India from the 12th/13th centuries. The novelty in this often popular bhakti piety was the fact that it rejected Vedic sacrificial ritualism, extreme ascetic …

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Michaels, Axel and Aleaz, K.P., “Bhakti”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 01 October 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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