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date: 16 October 2019

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Chapter 30 posits that scriptures are a basic element of most religions; however, it should be noted that primal forms of religions do not have “scriptures” but have oral sacred texts that are often recited at festivals and referred to in oral instruction. Such texts have a role similar to that of scriptures in more sophisticated religions. Religions assign varying roles to their scriptures, and the variations often lie in how each religion exists in different periods of its history. Since interreligious dialogue has become an obvious demand in the cultural and spiritual evolution of Asia, a sharing of other scriptures than one’s own seems to occur more significantly today.

Keywords: Scriptures, basic element, primal forms, oral sacred texts, interreligious dialogue

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