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Glossolalia (Speaking in Tongues)
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[German Version]

I. Religious Studies – II. New Testament – III. Psychology of Religion

I. Religious Studies

Glossolalia is a universal religious phenomenon in which utterances are produced that from the viewpoint of the speaker belong to a foreign “language.” Glossolalia appears in many cultures. In non-Christian contexts, it is often shamans (Shamanism), magicians (Magic), or other religious virtuosos who make use of it. When the spirit leaves the body or the body is taken over by an…

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Holm, Nils G., Pratscher, Wilhelm and Thiede, Werner, “Glossolalia (Speaking in Tongues)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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