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Veneration of Images
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[German Version]

I. Religious Studies

Veneration of gods in the form of man-made images (I) is part of the development of human ideas about God. The nature of such images varies widely, from natural objects with little or no human work involved (rocks, posts, trees) to professionally produced works of “art.”

For the structure of the idea of God reflected in images, the crucial question is whether they “merely” facilitate epiphany rituals or whether t…

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Gladigow, Burkhard, Uehlinger, Christoph, Levine, Lee I., Barrucand, Marianne and Ohme, Heinz, “Veneration of Images”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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