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Nature and Culture
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A religious history of the relationship between nature and culture is itself part of a cultural differentiation with varying connotations. The increasingly rigorous separation of the two areas may be interpreted as the conclusion of a development that seeks to link together the incipient domination of nature and the parallel establishment of cultural forms of organization.

If areas of nature are seen as divine or dominated by gods, this first implies that “nature” is subject to the concepts of order of polytheistic (Monotheism and polytheism: I) pantheons (I), in n…

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Gladigow, Burkhard, “Nature and Culture”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 01 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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