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Dead, Cult of the
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I. Religious Studies – II. Old Testament – III. Classical Antiquity

I. Religious Studies

Nearly all societies view death as a transition from one mode of existence to another. To enable the departed or his or her soul to complete this transformational process successfully, the survivors must perform certain rituals, referred to collectively as the cult of the dead (or mortuary cult). Signs of such a cult are among the earliest witnesses to the c…

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Neu, Rainer, Podella, Thomas and Cancik-Lindemaier, Hildegard, “Dead, Cult of the”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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