Religion Past and Present

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I. Religious Studies – II. Old Testament – III. New Testament – IV. Christianity – V. Judaism

I. Religious Studies

Joy is a universal human emotion with many forms of expression, ranging from laughter to jubilation, singing, and dancing. Joy can become ritualized in religions. Nearly all religious feasts (Feasts and Festivals) offer an opportunity for communal entertainment and joy, often in conjunction with music, dancing, and singing. In…

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Gilhus, Ingvild Sælid, Braulik, Georg, Schramm, Tim, Horne, Brian and Herrmann, Klaus, “Joy”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 09 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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