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Inner Purity and Pollution in Greek ReligionVolume I: Early Greek Religion$
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Andrej Petrovic and Ivana Petrovic

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198768043

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198768043.001.0001

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Conclusion

Conclusion

Inner Purity and Pollution in Greek Religion

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(p.263) Conclusion
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Inner Purity and Pollution in Greek Religion
Author(s):

Andrej Petrovic

Ivana Petrovic

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198768043.003.0014

The Conclusion returns to the issues of the definition of inner purity, and addresses the place of inner purity and pollution in the broader context of Greek belief. It then presents general observations regarding the language of inner purity and impurity, and provides an overview of their seats and qualifiers. This language is compared with the terminology employed in the later epigraphic evidence, before the discussion moves on to general conclusions regarding continuities of thought and historical patterning. Finally, it lays down general conclusions regarding the synchronic and diachronic aspects of inner purity beliefs, and discusses the role and status of inner purity in the various subsystems analysed.

Keywords:   inner purity, divine scrutiny, belief, seats and qualifiers, language, means of inner purification, Greek sacred regulations, cognitive science of religion, inner purity and diachrony, subsystems of inner purity

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