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Pure and Impure
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I. Comparative Religion

In differentiated religious systems or cultures, the categories of clean and unclean, or purity and impurity, represent a key classificatory-communicative distinction which determines the course of inner boundaries (e.g. those between clergy and laity or women and men) and outer boundaries (e.g. between believers and “pagans,” in-group/out-group). It enjoy…

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Stausberg, Michael, Seidl, Theodor, Kollmann, Bernd, Schneider-Ludorff, Gury, Wandrey, Irina, Börner-Klein, Dagmar and Krawietz, Birgit, “Pure and Impure”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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