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Local Deities
(540 words)

[German Version]

Local adherents of a religion are identified by the representation of “their” god, be it (as in polytheism; Monotheism and Polytheism) in the form of various local deities with individual names, or (as in universal religions) in the guise of secondary local deities, saints (Saints/Veneration of the Saints) or heroes, or in local divine images of the “one” god. This local dimension of a god is manifested in the construction of his house, of his local domain. The fixing of a deity within a holy place (Sacred Sites) can easily and …

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Auffarth, Christoph, “Local Deities”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_13181>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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