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Rituals of Reconciliation: A Cross-Cultural Exploration of Atonement Practices

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Introduction:

The etymology of “Kippur” unveils a profound connection between ancient Near Eastern cultures, shedding light on shared beliefs and practices surrounding purification and atonement. Rooted in the Akkadian term “kapāru” and derived from the Hebrew root כ.פ.ר (k.p.r), the word “Kippur” encapsulates notions of expiation, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Across the ancient Near East, rituals of purification and atonement were paramount, serving as bridges between the mortal and divine realms, ensuring spiritual purity, and restoring cosmic harmony.

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