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I. Religion and Mythology

The evolution of language and the intelligent use of tools and weapons ran parallel courses. Technologically, weapons for hunting and weapons of war were initially identical. Weapons as funerary goods go back to the Upper Paleolithic (Burial: I; Dead, Cult of the: I).

The deadly power of weapons explains their unique place in the history of religion. Specially designed knives are used in sacrificial rituals (Human sacrifice, Sacrifice, Ritual killin…

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Bräunlein, Peter J. and Reuter, Hans-Richard, “Weapons”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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