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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)435-446
Number of pages12
JournalMethod & Theory in the Study of Religion
VolumeSupplement 13
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2018

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Volume title: Evolution, Cognition, and the History of Religion: A New Synthesis - Festschrift in Honour of Armin W. Geertz edited by Anders Klostergaard Petersen, Gilhus Ingvild Sælid, Luther Martin, Jeppe Sinding Jensen and Jesper Sørensen.


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This paper examines a single consultation of the Delphic oracle by the city of Athens, known from a detailed inscription and references in fragmentary historians. It aims to explore the way in which the processes involved worked to encourage and maintain the belief of Athenians in the power of the gods to intervene in human affairs. The conclusions raise implications for the examination of cognitive aspects of divination more generally.

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