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Votive / Votum
(1,288 words)

Abstract: A votive offering (or ex-voto) results from the fulfillment of a vow (Latin votum), a solemn promise to repay the divinity for a benefit conferred. The practice of dedicating offerings in sacred places by…

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Catherine M. Keesling, “Votive / Votum”, in: Vocabulary for the Study of Religion, General Editors Robert A. Segal, Kocku Von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 23 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/9789004249707_vsr_COM_00000516>
First published online: 2016

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