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Transformation, metamorphosis of a human being into an animal, a plant, a rock, or the like is a common motif in Greek and Latin mythology (II, 2, 3); it also appears in European fairy tales and legends (Tales and legends) as well as many non-European narrative forms. Religious notions also frequently include the motif of transformation and therefore have long attracted the attention of religious studies, which considered transformation a characteristic mark of a “primitive worldview,” in which there are no fixed boundaries between various objects in the world, so t…

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Bergunder, Michael, “Transformation”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 05 August 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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