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Religion

Religion can be roughly divided into three broad categories: world religions, which includes transcultural, international faiths such as Christianity; indigenous religions, which refers to culture and place-specific religious groups; and new religious movements, which describe recently developed faiths.

Religion essentially describes a cultural system that connects humanity with beliefs and values through narratives, symbols, and histories. These often deal with questions about the meaning of life, death, and the origin of the universe.

Whereas “spirituality” or one’s “belief system” is individual and oftentimes private, religion is public, organized, and typically involves adherence or membership, meetings, and services which bring together the congregation for commemoration of the activities of a god or gods, festivals, feasts, trance, initiations, births, funerals, music, art, dance, public service, or other aspects of human culture.

Religion Articles
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The 8 most colorful Chinatowns in the World

by Valerie Ng
1

Red light jihad: Islamic insurgency in Thailand’s strangest party town

by Patrick Winn
3

In Jordan, forget Lonely Planet, bring a bible

by Baxter Jackson

9 things Americans stop caring about around Christmas Time

by Sara Schneider
3

How being a traveler made me a better atheist

by Matt Hershberger

25 images of Thailand’s most beautiful temples

by Daniel Nahabedian
3

Barefoot in Yangon

by Jo Jackson
4

17 of Southeast Asia’s most photogenic temples

by Joe Batruny
1

18 views of Southeast Asia’s wildest temple: Chiang Rai’s Wat Rong Khun

by Joe Batruny
5

Kumbh Mela: What I found in the waters of the Ganges

by Matt Sterne
2

On the growing Muslim community in Seoul

by Leslie Finlay
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How to piss off an atheist

by Matt Hershberger
4

The Rastafarians of St. Thomas, Jamaica [pics]

by Kevin Garrison
3

10 bizarre Christmas traditions from around the world

by Candice Walsh
1

What my Yuletide envy taught me about being a Jew

by Aaron Hamburger
3

Lessons on hope and hospitality in Tanzania

by Jonathan Kalan
19

How to carve a menorah

by David Miller
1

To Byzantium and back: An exploration of Eastern Orthodoxy in Ukraine

by Jeffrey Ball & Ashe Lyon
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