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I. Religious Studies

In general usage, tradition (from Lat. transdare/tradere, “hand on, transmit”) connotes retention and safeguarding, understood as a conservative handing down of mores, customs, norms, rules, and knowledge. The emphasis is on continuity with the past. Jan Assmann interprets tradition as an exe…

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Baumann, Martin, Hezser, Catherine, Liss, Hanna, Schröter, Jens, Hauschild, Wolf-Dieter, Herms, Eilert, Huxel, Kirsten, Knoch, Wendelin, Gerhards, Albert, Albrecht, Christian et al., “Tradition”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 04 August 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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