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Gesture
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I. Religious Studies – II. In Christian Worship

I. Religious Studies

Ritual gestures are among the oldest elements of human religious faith and behavior. Prehistoric burial objects, objects from cultic sites and rock paintings (Prehistoric Art) attest to the oldest ritual communication in the history of religion. In order to understand the complex symbolic language of gestures, the rich ritual symbolism of still living non-litera…

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Hochegger, Hermann and Hofhansl, Ernst W., “Gesture”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 08 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_08588>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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