Religion Past and Present

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Religions have a frequent tendency to rethink steady, continuous changes and developments in space and time from a religious perspective as a series of discontinuous sequential states, marked by distinct transitions; both the alternation and the transition are times of crisis, requiring a religious response, usually in some kind of ritual. The best-known example is the religious and ritual interpretation of continuously changing human life as a sequence of distinct stages. Depending on astronomical scale, the passage of time, too, is variously organi…

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Wißmann, Hans, “Seasons”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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