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Garnett and Rosser have no hesitation in admitting that 'the religious veneration of images remains a difficult subject to communicate or even to broach in polite society.
Also, for both Hinduism and Eastern Christianity, the veneration of images is perhaps the most ubiquitous practice of piety, as the faithful have these images in their homes and also frequent either temples or churches to see and pray to/though them.
In 794, soon after the Second Council of Nicaea, the first council of the church of the Latin West took place in Frankfurt (Main) with the intention to formulate and stabilize a contra position regarding the veneration of images.