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I. History – II. Graveyard/Cemetery Art – III. Practical Theology – IV. Judaism – V. Islam

I. History

The early Christians called their burial sites coemeteria (cemetery, Fr. cimetière, Ital. cimietiero; Burial: V). In the Middle Ages, the churchyard was commonly used for burials; in the 16th and 17th centuries, a burial site outside the city or town was often called “God's acre.” Temporary plague cemeteries were already …

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Happe, Barbara, Sörries, Reiner, Hüttenmeister, Frowald-Gil and Stolz, Fritz, “Graveyard/Cemetery”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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