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Stift
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[German Version]

is a corporation of canons or canonesses. It is sometimes substantively and terminologically synonymous with chapter, which can at other times be distinguished as the administrative organ, and can sometimes be extended also to spiritual territory. “Stift” indicates the maintenance of the canons by means of an endowment (Benefice). Such foundations were originally set up to support public worship, and later also served general cultural and social purposes (such as providing mainten…

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Germann, Michael, “Stift”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 13 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_025786>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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