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Atmospheric phenomena and events such as wind, rain, lightning, thunder, clouds, and hailstones hold particular significance for agricultural societies on account of their potential to influence, increase, or destroy their chances of survival in the most elementary way. These meteorological conditions, which are widely believed to be hardly influenceable or predictable, are conducive to an anthropomorphic conceptualization of their causes (as in the expression “furious storm”). They also enc…

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Wißmann, Hans, “Weather”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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