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Anthropogony
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[German Version]

The question behind the story of the “origin of humankind” is not so much how the human species came into being as why we are not immortal and eternally healthy, why we must work and suffer, but also why we live in spite of impending doom: an anthropology in narrative form. The question “Where do human beings come from?” can be raised for each individual – the Sitz im Leben of many creation stories is indeed birth – but more often anthropogony initiates a thought experiment, “Must the reality of the present be as it is?” and answers with the story …

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Auffarth, Christoph, “Anthropogony”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_00774>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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