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is a basic phenomenon of social life and manifests itself in regularly recurring ritualized sequences of social behavior. Within the group (community), custom as a social act is required by convention in the form of social imperatives. All significant steps and turning points in human life undergo a customary configuration in the rites of passage (transitional rites). Apart from the biological (birth, marriage, death) and social (neighborhood, community) dimensions of life, the primary functional area of custom lies in the cultic or …

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Petzoldt, Leander, “Custom”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 03 June 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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