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Olympic Games

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Author(s): Lützenkirchen, Hans-Georg
Organization and Conception 1. S…


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Author(s): Lützenkirchen, Hans-Georg


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Author(s): Lützenkirchen, Hans-Georg | Zander, Helmut
Nudity as an Exceptional Condition 1. First and foremost, nakedness is an expression of human ‘naturalness.’ Further—as complete or partial nudity—it becomes the symbol of ‘immediacy’ in a framework of religious and magic practices. In art, nudity is a metaphor for the True, for Truth in the form of the nude woman. → Clothing defines the daily normal state, when, for instance, climatic conditions make the wearing of clothing necessary for protection from the cold. Clothing is also a social symbol. In…


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Author(s): Lützenkirchen, Hans-Georg | Helmut, Zander
Fasting Eve—Fasching— Carnival 1. The word ‘carnival’ is derived from the Italian carne (‘meat’) and levale (‘removal’), recalling the practice of abstinence from meat during the penitential season of Lent. It was originally used for the name of Shrove Tuesday, the eve of the first day of Lent (Ash Wednesday). Derived from the Old English lengten (‘springtime,’ implying the lengthening of the days), ‘lent’ is the annual forty-weekday Christian season of fasting, abstinence from meat, and …