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Sacred and Profane
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I. Religious Studies

While the sacred/profane duality has a long history, going back to the Romans, it was the emergence of an intercultural, anthropological perspective in the late 19th century that made it a significant descriptive category in comparative religious studies. In that context, the sacred/profane concept served to describe certain types of experience and behavior common to all human cultures.

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Paden, William E., Milgrom, Jacob, Taeger, Jens-Wilhelm, Vroom, Henk M., Hunsinger, George, Streib, Heinz, Avemarie, Friedrich and Dan, Joseph, “Sacred and Profane”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 01 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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