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Holy
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The word ‘holy,’ or ‘sacred,’ denotes an area completely bounded off from the everyday (‘profane’), and simply never to be available to the human being. Accordingly, special rules are in force for dealing with sacred objects, buildings, and persons.

A type of theory of the Holy attributes the latter to other quantities, for example, sociologically to society (Durkheim), or to aggression (Girard) in anthropological sociology. On the other hand, the Holy can be conceived as a category of its own, incapable of reduction, as in the pheno…

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Jödicke, Ansgar, “Holy”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 18 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5287_bdr_SIM_00036>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223



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