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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 ove…

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Holm, Nils G., Pratscher, Wilhelm and Thiede, Werner, “Glossolalia (Speaking in Tongues)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_08743>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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