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God, Representations and Symbols of
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I. Terminology – II. Ancient Near East and Old Testament – III. Greco-Roman World – IV. Religions of India – V. Buddhism – VI. Chinese Religions – VII. Japan

I. Terminology

Gods manifest themselves in the human world; after the analogy of human beings, they are usually envisioned biomorphically, with ascribed sex and genealogy, as well as varying levels of differentiation and autonomy (Demons,…

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Uehlinger, Christoph, Koch, Guntram, Stietencron, Heinrich v., Kleine, Christoph and Wädow, Gerd, “God, Representations and Symbols of”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 03 December 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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