Religion Past and Present

Get access
Search Results: | 12 of 15 |

(1,063 words)

[German Version]

I. Religious Studies – II. Systematic Theology

I. Religious Studies

In the religious studies context, gifts are usually not understood in terms of a present, and such an idea is based on a misunderstanding (M. Douglas, preface to Mauss, VII). Each gift is one part within a system of reciprocities between those giving and those receiving at the time. Participants in this system may belong to various levels: closer or more distant groups or individuals amo…

Cite this page
Mürmel, Heinz and Bayer, Oswald, “Gift”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

▲   Back to top   ▲