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Terms of Service collage of texts, (c) 1999, J.B. Hare

1. The Internet Sacred Text Archive ('ISTA'), ('This site') is intended to provide, anonymously and free of charge over the Internet, access to certain documents ('the texts'). is run by John B. Hare, dba Internet Sacred Text Archive ('the proprietor'), and is not affiliated with any religious organization or institution. ISTA is located in Santa Cruz, California, USA, and can be contacted via email or postal mail. By accessing this site you agree to the following terms of service.

2. The texts are presented for entertainment and research purposes only, and should not be considered a source of medical or legal information. This site and its proprietor shall not be held responsible for any damages, direct or indirect, caused by the use of the texts.

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