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Organs/Parts of the Body
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Religious traditions know various ways of establishing correlations between the organs (or parts) of the human body and the cosmos, partly in combination with a mythological justification that views the world as having been created from the parts of the first human being’s body. Thus, hair may symbolize vegetation, eyes (and other bodily orifices) lakes, and the spinal column the axis of the world. In addition to such correlations between microcosm (human being) and macrocosm (world), the or…

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Auffarth, Christoph, “Organs/Parts of the Body”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 01 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_124197>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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