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Day and Night
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[German Version]

The unity of the duality of day and night is one of the most striking and constitutive phenomena in the divisions of the natural flow of time. Within the unity of day and night, cultural variations, conditioned upon socio-mythological and geographical-climatic factors, determine when a day is to begin or end (in the night, in the morning, or at noon) or how the internal divisions of this unity are structured. In many cultures, day and night (and the celestial phenomena that represent them, i.e. sun and moon) serve to characterize symbolisms, dualisms, and liminal o…

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Mohn, Jürgen, “Day and Night”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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