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Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages

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2005
Subject:
History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
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Abundantly attested in the Old Testament (Jos 7, 6-2; 2 Sam 13, 19; Ezek 27, 30; Job 2, 12; 42,

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Religion
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114 words

In Western religions, ashes generally represent human frailty and mortality. Thus in Christianity, ashes are smeared on the forehead during

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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2006

the powdery residue left after something is burned, often taken as a symbol of mourning or penitence (as in sackcloth...

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