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Exclusion, Rites of
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In the history of religions, eliminatory rites, or rites of exclusion, serve to neutralize a dangerous or disturbing complex of experiences coming from “within” the social, moral, cosmic, or politico- historical orders of life (in contrast to apotropaic rites, which are meant to ward off external evil). The disruption can affect the individual or society as a whole. Eliminatory rites are concerned with, for instance: impurity (Pure and impure) that has accumulated in sanctuaries, settlements, or larger territorial units and must be periodically removed; the sins (S…

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Stolz, Fritz, “Exclusion, Rites of”, 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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