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Proverb
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[German Version]

Proverbs and proverbial expressions are found in all languages and cultures, and often represent international material. The traditional appreciation of proverbs is based on the observation that they preserve the ethos of “ordinary people,” whose values, informed by common sense, coalesce in a “simple morality” (Bollnow) of decency, industry, frugality, and respect for age and authority. In the Golden Rule this ethos has its measure, in proverbs its collective archives. The devil …

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Lang, Bernhard, “Proverb”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 31 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_124943>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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