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Clothing and Vestments
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[German Version]

I. Religious Studies – II. Christianity – III. Judaism

I. Religious Studies

1. General

Clothing fulfills the need for ornamentation and presentation, protection against the weather, and, in certain cases, magic. Appearance and materials follow climatic conditions, economic and technical capabilities (sewing, weaving, etc.), social or fashion conventions, and can be specified according to function (professional attire) or situation (festal attire). Clot…

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Berlejung, Angelika, Köpf, Ulrich, Allen Jr., Horrace T., Schneider, Johann and Miletto, Gianfranco, “Clothing and Vestments”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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