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Ancestor Worship

A Catechism of Ruism (Confucianism): Ancestor Devotion (祭祖)

Bin Song (宋斌) | Posted 04.04.2016 | Religion
Bin Song (宋斌)

According to China's Lunar Calendar, the Clear and Bright Day (清明節) will be on April 4 this year (2016). Traditionally, this is the time for families to visit their ancestors' tombs to perform a ritual of 'ancestor devotion' (祭祖).

Heritage and Hate

Herb Silverman | Posted 06.30.2016 | Politics
Herb Silverman

Trivia question: Who was the first gubernatorial candidate to call for removal of the Confederate flag? Answer: I was.

Show of Hands Plays The Best Halloween Song I Have Ever Heard (video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 12.30.2014 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

So when you place that candle in your Jack o' Lantern this year, maybe think of it as more than just a smiley-face carved in a pumpkin. Take a moment and "honour those who've gone before."

Hungry Ghosts Are Sated and Stimulated in Penang

Carolyn O'Donnell | Posted 10.09.2013 | Travel
Carolyn O'Donnell

The Gates of Hell are open and peckish spirits from the Underworld are wandering about. This can only mean one thing: it's time for the Hungry Ghost Festival.

Funeral Strippers? Taiwan Showgirls Strip For The Dead

Posted 10.11.2012 | World

In many Eastern countries, paying respects to the dead with earthly gifts -- like food and money -- is not an uncommon practice. But in Taiwan, some h...

The Natural Selection Of The Immortal Soul: A Thought Experiment (VI)

Evan Eisenberg | Posted 07.22.2012 | Religion
Evan Eisenberg

Following Darwinian logic, we end up in some unexpected places. Of course, to get there we must accept the premise that the human mind might be capable of existing independently of the neuronal activity on which it usually depends.

Study: Rising Religious Tide In China Overwhelms Atheist Doctrine

David Briggs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Briggs

China has enforced its anti-religion policy through decades of repression, coercion and persecution, but the lack of success is spectacular, according to a major new study.