Religion Past and Present

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I. History of Religions – II. Old Testament – III. Christianity – IV. Ethics – V. Judaism – VI. Islam

I. History of Religions

“Fasting” is a universally attested cultural technique to produce an expansion of mental and social control, power, or awareness (Asceticism) by restricting the intake of food. Many different types of and reasons for fasting can be found in the history of religions, and they are combined in various ways…

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Freiberger, Oliver, Podella, Thomas, Böcher, Otto, Bieritz, Karl-Heinrich, Troickij, Aleksandr, Bader, Günter, Wandrey, Irina and Krawietz, Birgit, “Fasting”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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