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Composite Beings
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[German Version]

I. Religious Studies – II. Archaeology

I. Religious Studies

Composite beings are imaginary zoomorphic beings that consist of a combination of animal and human body parts. In this respect, they are closely related to giants, dwarfs, shape-shifters and animals that behave like humans. Composite beings are products of the human imagination and remain ambiguous as long as they are only represented by imprecise linguistic descriptions. Only those composite beings that be…

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Wiggermann, F.A.M. and Uehlinger, Christoph, “Composite Beings”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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