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Liminal is an English adjective meaning "on the threshold", from Latin līmen, plural limina.

Liminal or Liminality may refer to:

Anthropology and religion[edit]

  • Liminality, the quality of ambiguity or disorientation that occurs in the middle stage of a rite of passage
  • Liminal deity, a god or goddess in mythology who presides over thresholds, gates, or doorways
  • Liminal being, mythical being of ambiguous existence
  • Liminal state, English translation of bardo in Tibetan Buddhism

Arts and media[edit]


  • Limen, a threshold of a physiological or psychological response
  • Liminal experiences, feelings of abandonment (existentialism) associated with death, illness, disaster, etc.

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