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Term: Numinous

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Numinous: The concept of the sacred and holy essence found in all great spiritual traditions and religions. The term was created by German theologian and mystic Rudolf Otto (1869–1937).

Numinous:

Derived from the Latin numen, it is used today to mean the experience of the presence of a divinity. It was popularized by Rudolf Otto in his book, The Idea of the Holy (original German title Das Heilge) who believed that the numinous experience could lead to a belief in deities, the possibility of spiritual transcendence, the supernatural, etc.



Numinous:

Containing divine power or divine presence, imbued with spirit. More generally: capable of evoking fear, trembling, and fascination. 


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