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Hereafter, Concepts of the
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I. Religious Studies – II. History of Religions – III. Philosophy of Religion – IV. Art History

I. Religious Studies

All cultures have concepts of a hereafter or beyond (“the next world”), although they are extremely diverse. They involve a realm of existence different from the visible earthly world but nevertheless thought of as real. Concepts of the hereafter are part of cosmology and therefore are related to the real world: the hereafter may be …

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Hutter, Manfred, Janowski, Bernd, Necker, Gerold, Haase, Mareile, Rosenau, Hartmut, Rudolph, Ulrich, Kleine, Christoph and Kuder, Ulrich, “Hereafter, Concepts of the”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 01 April 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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