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cult

(kŭlt),
A system of beliefs and rituals based on dogma or religious teachings and characterized by devoted adherents who display a readiness to obey, an unrealistic idealization of the leader, an abandonment of personal ambition and goals, and an eschewing of traditional societal values.
[L. cultus, an honoring, adoration]

cult

a specific complex of beliefs, rites, and ceremonies associated with some particular person or object, which is maintained by a social group. A cult is often considered as having magical significance.
Alternative—fringe An unscientific system of treating disease
Psychiatry A religious, political, psychotherapeutic, or commercial organization or sect, based on dogma or religious teachings, often with bizarre or unorthodox practices, values, or beliefs that differ from mainstream or accepted thinking, which engenders conflict between the group and society, and uses unethical manipulative techniques of persuasion and control to advance the leader’s goal; cults may be linked to mass suicide and death

cult

(kŭlt) [L. cultus, care]
A group of people with an obsessive commitment to an ideal or principle or to an individual personifying that ideal.
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Since Nasuti's work, the full collection of Assyrian oracles has become accessible, and it is now apparent that the self-identification formula is one of the most obvious features of Assyrian cultic prophecy (SAA 9 1.
According to von Ehrenkrook, Josephus mentions the countryside in order to map the entire territory of the Jews as a sacred space that is clearly distinct from the rest of the Roman world, which was a profane space virtually filled with cultic images brought about by Hellenistic influence.
Zevit (2001: 379-80) suggests interpreting these markings as "brand" labels, denoting higher quality contents made under centralized supervision, for use in cultic contexts.
Or can the history of the faith not be described, alternatively, as nuanced, characterized by a variety of iconic and aniconic cultic practices in different regions and periods?
Structural remains around the Vestal courtyear indicate the site took on cultic and civic fuctions during the 6the century B.
Lot No 2: School buildings, social, cultural, cultic, sports and similar to the city of Nice.
It should be noted that ancient Near Eastern legal systems do indeed appear to have maintained a conceptual distinction between cultic or supra-rational procedures and what I term forensic procedures.
moves from the cultic piety of form criticism to the Torah piety of recent works by George Wilson, Clint McCann, and James Luther Mays.
Also Luke opts in favor of Q's approach and shows appreciation of ritual and cultic rules.
He looks at the three major themes: genealogy, politics and cultic practices.
We seldom find systematic statements of political or religious belief systems in the ancient records, but must make do largely with prosaic records such as those of deliveries and disbursement of silver or goods, with programs for cultic ceremonies, or with the boastful inscriptions of kings.