Can symbols be ‘promoted’ or ‘demoted’?: symbols as religious phenomena

Show simple item record Beyers, Jaco 2013-04-22T07:59:07Z 2013-04-22T07:59:07Z 2013-03-06
dc.description.abstract Religious symbols are part of our world, relating to another world. In order to understand the process by which symbols grow and develop, the particular context of a symbol is important. In this article a particular theory as to what symbols are, is presented. Religion presupposes the existence of two worlds: this-worldly (profane) and the other-worldly (sacred). The means of communication and reference between these two worlds are symbols. Two examples are investigated so as to indicate how symbols can over time either be demoted or promoted. In the case of the Asherah and asherah as related in the Old Testament a demotion of a symbol is illustrated. The growth of ancient Egyptian religion is an example of a possible promotion of symbols. The conditions under which these processes can occur are investigated. en
dc.description.librarian am2013 en
dc.description.librarian mn2013
dc.description.uri en
dc.format.extent 10 p. en
dc.format.medium PDF en
dc.identifier.citation Beyers, J. 2013, ‘Can symbols be “promoted” or “demoted”?: symbols as religious phenomena‘, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 69(1), Art. #1239, 10 pages. 10.4102/hts.v69i1.1239 en
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v69i1.1239
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher AOSIS Open Journals en
dc.rights © 2013. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS OpenJournals. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en
dc.subject Religious symbols en
dc.subject.lcsh Signs and symbols en
dc.title Can symbols be ‘promoted’ or ‘demoted’?: symbols as religious phenomena en
dc.type Article en

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