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Folk Piety/Folk Religion
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I. Folk/Folk Religion – II. Religious Studies – III. Judaism – IV. Christianity – V. Islam

I. Folk/Folk Religion

In the English-speaking realm, the adjective “folk” marks common cultural pheonomena as expressions of a peas-ant population. The superordinated term “folk-lore,” coined in 1846 by William John Thomas and popularized by the establishment of Folklore Societies (England 1878, USA 1888), in its customary, more restr…

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Siebald, Manfred, Krech, Volkhard, Lowenstein, Steven, Fuchs, Ottmar, Schieder, Rolf, Ahrens, Theodor, McCloud, Sean and Heine, Peter, “Folk Piety/Folk Religion”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 10 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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