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Demonization
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In the context of the global religious interaction of the early modern period, and in relation to the narratives of the gods of the other peoples and societies that Europeans and especially the missionaries working in the name of Christianization depicted and created, those gods were essentially subjected to demonization. In this process, the gods, spirits, and ancestors of non-European cultures were assigned to the categories “good” or “evil” and, in the case of the latter, defined almost exclusively as “demons”, an act that in the early modern period was particularly explosive (D…

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Rüther, Kirsten, “Demonization”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 24 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_018165>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626



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