Destiny/Fate
(1,859 words)

Conceptualizations

Unforeseeable events that radically alter persons' lives can be seen as their ‘destiny’ (Lat. de-stanare, ‘stand down,’ solidly ‘stand’) or their ‘fate’ (Lat., fatum, ‘oracle,’ from far-, ‘speak’). Since such events differentiate what happens to one person from what happens to another, in most cultures they call for an explanation. In Europe, the emergence of conceptualizations of dest…

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Ahn, Gregor, “Destiny/Fate”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 20 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5287_bdr_COM_00114>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223



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