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1. A person (who may be invested with a priestly function, but who often stands in competition with the latter) becomes a master (Lat., magister, ‘director,’ ‘teacher,’ ‘leader’), in the sense of a religious teacher, (1) in the context of a determinate religious tradition, (2) for one or more other persons (pupils), (3) when the latter ascribe him a religious authority and an adequate preparation for teaching and (4) the person in question accepts the role or already p…

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von Somm, Christian, “Master/Pupil”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 20 May 2019 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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