deus otiosus

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deus otiosus

(Latin: "neutral god," or "hidden god"), in the history of religions and philosophy, a high god who has withdrawn from the immediate details of the governing of the world. The god has delegated all work on Earth to ancestors or nature spirits, who act as mediators between the god and humans. This concept of god occurs widely in Africa, Melanesia, and South America.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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