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Kingship, Sacral
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[German Version]

Kingship as a pre-state and proto-state form of rule is at first confined to the person of the ruler; with his death, the order that he had guaranteed goes under. In order to avoid this anarchy, the ruling families first attempt to find procedures that guarantee the stability of the community beyond the life of the person, for instance through establishing the successor early on, or restricting eligibility of possible successors to the royal family or to a small number of aristocr…

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Auffarth, Christoph, “Kingship, Sacral”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 08 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_11957>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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