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Religious Rituals

The Life-Changing Power of Positive Ritual

Debra Macleod | Posted 11.17.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Debra Macleod

For me, finding faith wasn't a one-shot religious experience. It didn't happen because of childhood teachings or a soul-seeking trip to the mountains of Bali. It was more a messy, slip-shod type of enlightenment.

Holy Joe!

Robert Julian | Posted 09.23.2014 | Comedy
Robert Julian

In summer, Bostonians head for the cape where they can languish on beaches in willful denial of the cold winter months to come. If you plan to sell a city property, this is probably not the best time to hit the market. But my friend Bob has stepped into the breach.

You Won't Be Able To Watch This Death-Defying Religious Ritual Without Gasping

Posted 02.26.2014 | Religion

Sometimes religious rituals are downright dangerous. At Baba Umer Durga, a Muslim shrine near Sholapur, India, babies have been tossed off roofs fo...

Kaua'i Adventures For Your Heart & Soul

Halle Eavelyn | Posted 09.24.2013 | Travel
Halle Eavelyn

Have you ever visited Kaua'i? Chances are, if you did you saw terrific beaches, not to mention great hotels, world-class golfing and sweet local restaurants. Of course, if you go to Kaua'i for spiritual travel, there's a lot more to see and do than have a Mai Tai and take a Jeep tour.

Beyond Lent

Jilly Gagnon | Posted 05.27.2013 | Comedy
Jilly Gagnon

While I may not agree with the entire spiritual underpinning of "Lent," I liked the idea of participating in it as a personal-growth exercise, in line with my previous efforts to read Cats in the original feline, or to get taller.

The Surprising Thing I Miss After I Left My Religion

Christine Organ | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
Christine Organ

There is one ritual, one sacred physical activity that I still miss from my inherited faith, and it surprises the hell out of me: Head bowed, eyes closed and knees pressed into the God's holy ground, so that I can surrender myself in prayer physically, mentally and soulfully.

Ritual Is Power: Religion As Revolutionary Concept Or Evolutionary Advantage?

American Anthropological Association | Posted 12.24.2012 | Religion
American Anthropological Association

Since the Age of Enlightenment leading social scientists have proposed that symbolic rituals, sacred practices and theological treatises are products of the past. However, one must only look at a news headline to realize that the modern world is as religious as it ever was.

The Security Blanket Concept of Religion

Nigel Barber | Posted 09.05.2012 | Science
Nigel Barber

Although religious people tend to reject the security-blanket approach as simplistic, it is versatile and helps us understand a great deal about religious practices that are otherwise difficult to explain.

Mourning Around The World

KidSpirit | Posted 07.27.2012 | Religion

Almost every religion or culture has its own traditions involving mourning. They all ultimately achieve the same thing, which is coming to terms with death.

Lent for Atheists

Vlad Chituc | Posted 04.24.2012 | College
Vlad Chituc

It bothers me when other atheists are too quick to do away with the beauty religion cultivates, as if it were necessary to toss the beauty out right along with the cosmology. I think we make a mistake when we fail to distinguish the form from the content of religion.

Nepal Hit By Severe Goat Shortage

BBC NEWS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The authorities in Nepal have ordered officials to find more goats for ritual slaughter ahead of the country's biggest religious festival of the year....