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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.

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Barefoot in Yangon

by Jo Jackson

17 of Southeast Asia’s most photogenic temples

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

by Joe Batruny

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

by Matt Sterne

On the growing Muslim community in Seoul

by Leslie Finlay

How to piss off an atheist

by Matt Hershberger

The Rastafarians of St. Thomas, Jamaica [pics]

by Kevin Garrison

10 bizarre Christmas traditions from around the world

by Candice Walsh
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