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Along with the statues, apparatus, and special attire of worship, material is an important, if often little noticed, component of worship and ritual. Material used in worship can be made of inorganic matter and products as well as organic ones, which find application within ritual activities. It is applied as sacrificial material, when entrails are burned in honor of the gods, or flowers are placed on graves for ancestors; as means of purification, when the body is cleansed before prayer with water o…

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Mohr, Hubert, “Materiality”, 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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