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Mourning Customs
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I. Religious Studies – II. Old Testament – III. Judaism – IV. New Testament – V. Practical Theology

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As an element of burial rites and the cult of the dead (Dead, Cult of the), mourning customs serve not only the survivors but also the departed. Ritual support of the dead or protection against them is usually one of the functions of a mourning period, which often concludes with a change in the status…

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Heller, Birgit, Podella, Thomas, Triebel, Lothar, Goldberg, Sylvie-Anne, de Boer, Martinus C. and Jordahn, Ottfried, “Mourning Customs”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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