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Sacred Times
(1,513 words)

[German Version]

I. Religious Studies

Sacred times are ritually observed periods of time of varying duration that serve to modulate life within a community through reference to an exceptional shared experience. Someone who prays at an appointed hour knows that he or she is united with like-minded others even when alone. When people live close to nature, the necessary cooperation requires adaptation to the environment’s seasonal cha…

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Baudy, Dorothea, Metzger, Marcel and Bieritz, Karl-Heinrich, “Sacred Times”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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