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The motif Prayer is a part of: Ritual

Keywords:

Faith, speech, words, ritual

Description of this motif:

Prayers in a religious sense of the word, are adressed to one or more gods, divine or sacred persons in anticipation of help, blessings or a good relationship.

There are prescribed prayers, e.g. the Lord's Prayer and Ave Maria, and there are prayers, which are spontaneous and individual. Both kinds are present in Andersen's tales.

Example :

The tale has not been translated (by Hersholt) and is therefore quoted in Danish. Further information and links.

– Nu blev jeg ud af Byen frt, fulgt af en talrig Skare;
Een peeb, een skreg, de Gamle grd og bad: Gud os bevare!

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