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Blood Revenge
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[German Version]

is, apart from a few exceptions, widespread among all peoples that have no strong, recognized political authority. From an anthropological and sociological viewpoint, blood revenge can be defined as a violent dispute between two groups that are linked with each other through the principle of blood kinship and which constitute subgroups of one and the same society. This conflict, which may often be protracted, can be divided into three phases: 1. violence, 2. revenge, 3. retaliation.

The principle of blood revenge is not applicable within groups linked wit…

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Singer, Karl H., “Blood Revenge”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 November 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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