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Gift
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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 individu…

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Mürmel, Heinz and Bayer, Oswald, “Gift”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 10 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_08065>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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