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Revulsion is a feeling of dislike coupled with repugnance. Its object may be food (e.g. pork among observant Muslims and Jews or horse meat among Christians), objects, persons (e.g. members of other religious communities or menstruating women [Lev 12:2–8; 15:19–28]), bodily parts (e.g. the genitals or, among Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhists, the “unclean left hand” [Pure and impure], which must not touch sacred objects), but also types of behavior (e.g. spitting or vomiting, which m…

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Stubbe, Hannes, “Revulsion”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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