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Agnieszka Halemba | Scholars

Ahadith | Texts

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community | Traditions

Ahura Mazda | Figures

Akashic records | Concepts

Alan Watts | Figures | Scholars

Allah | Figures

american religion

An A-Z of Believing

Animism | Concepts

anthropology

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Austerities | Practices

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Ayahuasca | Entheogens

Be Love Now

Belief | Concepts

Bhagavad Gita | Texts

bhakti

bias

biography

Blaauboschkraal stone ruins | Places

Bodh Gaya | Places

Books

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Brahma | Figures

Brahman | Figures | Concepts

Brahmin | Figures

Buddhism | Traditions

buddhism

Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction

Buddhist Yoga

Candomblé | Traditions

Cannabis | Entheogens

Caodaism | Traditions

Capitalist Spirituality | Perspectives

Carl Jung | Scholars

Categories

Catherine Bell | Scholars

Catholicism | Traditions

catholicism

Chanting | Practices | Sounds

Chemically-Induced Visions in the Fourth Book of Ezra in Light of Comparative Persian Material

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Chinese New Year | Occasions

chinese religion

Christianity | Traditions

christianity

Church | Places

cognitive science

Cognitive Theories | Perspectives

Commentary Pages

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comparative mythology

comparative religion

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Crucifix | Objects

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Dharma | Concepts

Dimitris Xygalatas | Scholars

discordianism

DMT | Entheogens

dmt

Douglas Marshall | Scholars

Druidry | Traditions

Early Christians Might Have Been High on Hallucinogenic Communion Wine

Eastern Orthodox Church | Traditions

egypt

Eid-e-Shuja’ | Occasions

El | Figures

Elohim | Figures

Encounter

Entheogens

entheogens

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Eucharist | Practices | Food

Figures

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ganja

Gathas | Texts

Glastonbury | Places

Graham Harvey | Scholars

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Gurdwara | Places

Guru Amar Das | Figures

Guru Angad | Figures

Guru Arjan | Figures

Guru Gobind Singh | Figures

Guru Har Krishnan | Figures

Guru Har Rai | Figures

Guru Hargobind | Figures

Guru Nanak | Figures

Guru Ram Das | Figures

Guru Tegh Bahadur | Figures

Gwilym Beckerlegge | Scholars

Hassan al-Banna | Figures

Henotheism | Concepts

herb

Himalayan Institute Of Yoga Science And Philosophy | Traditions

Hindu Myths

Hinduism | Traditions

hinduism

Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction

History of Western Philosophy

Hugh Beattie | Scholars

Hymns | Practices | Sounds

Imam | Figures

india

Indian Philosophy: Volume 1

indigenous

indigenous religion

Inside Fundamentalism

Introducing World Religions

Introduction to Religious Studies

Introduction to Religious Studies | Welcome

Isaiah Shembe | Figures

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Islam | Traditions

islam

jainism

James George Frazer | Scholars

japan

Jehovah | Figures

Jerusalem | Places

Jesus | Figures

Jonathan Z. Smith | Scholars

Judaism | Traditions

Kabir | Figures

Karen Armstrong | Scholars

Kashrut | Practices | Concepts | Food

Keeping it 101: A Killjoy's Introduction to Religion

Kirtan | Practices | Sounds

Korean Martyrs | Figures

Kosher | Practices | Concepts | Food

Krishna | Figures

kundalini

Lankavatara Sutra | Texts

Lao Tzu | Figures

Linda Woodhead | Scholars

Literary Bias | Perspectives

Lived Religion | Perspectives

Living in Harmony

Lotus Sutra | Texts

Luke Burns

Mabon | Occasions

Maghi | Occasions

magic

Mahabharata | Texts

Mahayana Buddhism | Traditions

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Mandir | Places

Mantra | Practices | Sounds

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Marion Bowman | Scholars

Mary Douglas | Scholars

Material Religion | Perspectives

material religion

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Mecca | Places

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Meditation | Practices

megaliths

Mescaline Cacti | Entheogens

Mircea Eliade | Scholars

Mohandas Gandhi | Figures

Monotheism | Concepts

Mosque | Places

Muhammad | Figures

Murti | Objects

mystic

mysticism

myth

mythology

N,N-Dimethyltryptamine

Nabta Playa | Places

Naked Reflections

Nancy Ammerman | Scholars

Nazareth Baptist Church | Traditions

Neem Karoli Baba | Figures

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New Animism | Perspectives

New Testament | Texts

New Testament Review

Ninian Smart | Scholars

NT Pod

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Obon | Occasions

Occasions

Old Testament | Texts

order

Pages

Panpsychism | Concepts

Pantheism | Concepts

Paramahansa Yogananda | Figures

Pascal Boyer | Scholars

Perspectives

Phenomenology | Perspectives

philosophy

Pilgrimage | Practices

Places

Podcasts

Polytheism | Concepts

pot

Practice | Practices

Practices

Prayer | Practices

Priest | Figures

Principia Discordia | Texts

Psilocybin Mushrooms | Entheogens

psychology

Psychology and Religion

punjab

Questions

Quran | Texts

Ram | Figures

Ram Dass | Figures

Ramadan | Occasions

Ramayana | Texts

Rastafari Movement | Traditions

Ravidassia religion | Traditions

Regina Jonas | Figures

Religion Bites

religious experience

religious studies

Revelations of Divine Love

Richard King | Scholars

Ritual | Practices | Concepts

ritual

Rizalism | Traditions

Robin Horton | Scholars

Ronald Grimes | Scholars

Rudolf Otto | Scholars

Santo Daime | Traditions

Scholars

scripture

Self-Religion | Perspectives

Seva | Concepts

shamanism

Shechita | Practices

Siddhārtha Gautama (Buddha) | Figures

Sigmund Freud | Scholars

sikhi

Sikhi (Sikhism) | Traditions

Singing | Practices

Six Articles of Faith | Concepts

SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies: YouTube Channel

Sounds

Sources

Sourcetypes

south africa

Sri Guru Granth Sahib | Texts

stub

Swami Vivekananda | Figures

symbolism

Synagogue | Places

Sámi indigenous religion | Traditions

Tags

Tanakh | Texts

Taoism | Traditions

Terms and Conditions

Texts

Texts | Texts | Concepts

texts

The Bible | Texts

The Classical Ideas Podcast

The Database of Religious History

The Faith and Belief Forum: Podcast

The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion

The Indian Theogony

The International Church of Cannabis | Traditions

The Last Days of Socrates

The Life of Milarepa

The Panpsycast Philosophy Podcast

The Pañcadaśī | Texts

The Religious Experience of Mankind

The Religious Studies Project

The Sacred

The Science of Self-Realization

The Serpent Power

The Study of Religion: An Introduction to Key Ideas and Methods

The Upanishads

Theogony and Works and Days

Theravada Buddhism | Traditions

Thomas Aquinas | Figures

tibet

Torah | Texts

Traditions

Trimarga | Practices

Trimurti | Concepts

Trinity | Concepts

Umbanda | Traditions

Understanding Religion

Upanishads | Texts

Vaishnavism | Traditions

vaishnavism

Vajrajana Buddhism | Traditions

vedanta

Vedas | Texts

Wana people | Traditions

Websites

weed

Wendy Doniger | Scholars

What is religion? | Questions

What makes a place sacred? | Questions

Wicca | Traditions

wine

Wise Studies Podcast

women

Woolf Research

world religions

Worship | Practices

Yazidism | Traditions

YHWH | Figures

Yoga | Practices

yoga

YouTube Channels

Zoroaster | Figures

Zoroastrianism | Traditions

zoroastrianism

Émile Durkheim | Scholars

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Ritual

Some religious practices have specific rules about how they are performed, these practices are sometimes called rituals. There is no hard line between 'religious practice' and 'ritual', but practices with more rules can be described as more ritualistic.

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Early Christians Might Have Been High on Hallucinogenic Communion Wine

Ed Prideaux (2020)

A discussion on the early use of hallucinogenic chemicals mixed with alcohol to form so-called …

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Keeping it 101: A Killjoy's Introduction to Religion

Aimed at a general audience who want to get to grips with contemporary religious studies, this …

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