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Page history last edited by Yvonne 14 years, 12 months ago

The word 'superstitio' was coined in ancient Rome to denote excessive fear of spirits or excessive propitiation of the deities (literally "a standing over", hence: "amazement, wonder, dread, especially of the divine or supernatural").  The ancient Greek pagans referred to it as deisidaimonia.


It was distinguished from 'pietas', which meant the proper observance of religious ritual.


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