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The microcosm/macrocosm analogy regards the human being as a ‘little world’ and as an image of the ‘big world’ (the cosmos) that stands in relationship with it or is influenced by it (thus, by way of example, that certain constellations of stars determine human destiny; → Astrology). Various religions, and Weltanschauung traditions, host a conception of these chains of laws: by way of example, in → Buddhism and → Lamaism they are present in the correspondences of the cosmos or stars and the energy channels in the human body; they also prevail i…

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Bernard, Jutta, “Macrocosm”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 27 May 2019 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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