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Science Fiction
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Mythic Reports

1. Mythic reports of gods and heroes, such as Gilgamesh, Odysseus, or Thoth, who had come to the boundaries of the world and of their own existence, have, over millennia, formed the narrative style that connects a mythic geography with reflections on ‘other gods and other persons.’ The fundamental enclosure of the traditional world thus remains preserved, even if, in journeys to the beyond, and heaven, or to ‘new realm…

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Gladigow, Burkhard, “Science Fiction”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 03 December 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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