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I. Religious Studies

Voluntary promises to do something, either materially or ideally, in order to obtain the support of a divinity or some other metaphysical effects, are known as vows. Intended as an agreement in partnership with the gods (do ut das, not always strictly), they are found worldwide as prominent forms of expressing partnership with the divine. They are to be distinguished from texts accompanying thankofferings for earlier gifts (notably in the Lat. ex…

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Lorenz, Günther, Görg, Manfred, Avemarie, Friedrich, Riedel-Spangenberger, Ilona and Bader, Günter, “Vows”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 09 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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