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Glossolalia (Speaking in Tongues)

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Author(s): Holm, Nils G. | Pratscher, Wilhelm | Thiede, Werner
[German Version] I. Religious Studies – II. New Testament – III. Psychology of Religion I. Religious Studies Glossolalia is a universal religious phenomenon in which utterances are produced that from the viewpoint of the speaker belong to a foreign “language.” Glossolalia appears in many cultures. In non-Christian contexts, it is often shamans (Shamanism), magicians (Magic), or other religious virtuosos who make use of it. When the ¶ spirit leaves the body or the body is taken over by another spirit, the shaman often signals the event by uttering alien sound…

Alcohol/Prohibition

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Author(s): Holm, Nils G. | Harsch, Helmut
[German Version] I. History of Religions – II. Practical Theology I. History of Religions The word “alcohol,” from Arab. al-kuhl (“fine powder”), originally referred to eye makeup; later it came to mean “invisible substance in a beverage.” The process of making alcohol from sugar or starch has been known for thousands of years. Yeast and warmth trigger the process of fermentat…