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Sealing
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[German Version]

Documents and personal property are protected by seals (Seal/Stamp). Sealing is designed to protect against unauthorized appropriation or access; it protects the authenticity and authority of the person affixing the seal (sender, owner) with symbolic power. The meaning of sealing in secular legal usage provides the background for the many references to sealing in religious contexts. Tatoos and amulets, for example, place their bearers in the numinous protective sphere of a deity or have a…

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Grünschloß, Andreas, “Sealing”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_026316>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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