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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

Will Indonesia ban alcohol entirely?

by Marie Dhumieres

Is anyone here Jewish?

by Aaron Hamburger
2

Mobile technology for Muslims is changing faith in Indonesia

by Riikka Haikarainen
2

13 phrases that prove Spaniards are obsessed with religion

by Ana Bulnes

What can you do in Israel that you can’t do in the United States?

by Matt Hershberger

Mipsterz: A definitive guide to Muslim hipsters

by David Trifunov
15

Exploring the rock churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia

by Darren Ornitz
25

Daily life around monasteries in Burma

by Rom Srinivasan
2

On freedom in America: Three decades of New Years

by Nellie Barg

9 things Americans stop caring about around Christmas Time

by Sara Schneider
1

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

by Patrick Winn
14

The 8 most colorful Chinatowns in the World

by Valerie Ng
3

In Jordan, forget Lonely Planet, bring a bible

by Baxter Jackson
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
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