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Night
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The night (Day and night) has particular significance for the feeling of human beings and thus also for their religious practice (on the findings of the phenomenology of religion, see Reimbold). In all cultures, not only those without electricity, the night is a realm of ambivalent experience, in which – as the symbolic use of night demonstrates – anxiety and fear of the dark (Light and darkness) and destruction predominate, but, on the other hand, the stillness of the night, for example, can also be perceived as beneficial. Thus, in the history of religions apotropaic rit…

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Grethlein, Christian, “Night”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024005>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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