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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

30 photos from Nepal we can’t stop looking at

by Ben Adkison

This Muslim woman’s family was murdered in a hate crime. Here’s what she has to say to Donald Trump

by Amanda Machado
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Photo essay: Life and death in Varanasi

by Stefano Tomassetti

17 incredible images of Holy Week in Latin America

by Rulo Luna

A rainbow of total chaos: a photographer goes street level at India’s Holi festival

by Nikola Smernic

Lathmar Holi: an explosion of color and a battle of the sexes

by Scott Sporleder
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Why I’m scared of Semana Santa

by Ana Bulnes

Global terrorism is terrifying. Here’s why it makes it more important than ever to travel

by Paige Smith

This week is Semana Santa, one of the wold’s most vibrant religious festivals

by Blaze Nowara

Why are Thailand’s monks so fat they need to wear special girdles?

by Allison Jackson
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Humans of New York creator breaks political silence with this thoughtful open letter to Trump

by Cathy Brown
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Think Switzerland is a political utopia? Here’s one thing you might not know

by Mark Hay

Check out these stunning portraits of Myanmar’s people and culture

by Ben McKechnie

Doubt the power of hip-hop? Check what it gave this Afghan teen

by Cathy Brown
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What life is really like in America’s first city with a Muslim majority city council

by Cathy Brown
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Pope Francis doesn’t want you to give up food or drinks for Lent. He wants you to give up this instead.

by Amanda Machado

Meet the first American Olympian to compete in a hijab

by Amanda Machado
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Obama points out what we don’t know about Muslim Americans

by Amanda Machado
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