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Water
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Throughout the world, water appears as the fundamental and original element of the world and life (cf. Earth, Fire, Wind), and thus plays an important role in religious protologies. In the form of a primordial ocean or subterranean lakes, cosmogonic myths describe it as a created or already preexistent original substance. From an anthropological perspective, other fluids or “humors” can also be distinguished as constitutive of the human being. The vi…

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Grünschloß, Andreas, “Water”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_224071>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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