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Sacred Sites
(2,374 words)

[German Version]

I. Religious Studies

Characterization of a place as “sacred” or “holy” lends it a special status vis-à-vis its environment. Usually specific regulations govern how it is entered and used. Traditionally this status has been grounded in the belief that the site is proper to a deity or another spiritual being, or that a special power emanates from it.

Sacred sites are particularly common at the center and on the fringes of group territories: the “men’s house” or festi…

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Baudy, Dorothea, Reichert, Andreas, Dan, Joseph and Koch, Guntram, “Sacred Sites”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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