Understanding Religion

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1960s

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A Report into Anti-Sikh Hate Crimes

A Report on the State of Hinduism in Religious Education in UK Schools

A spiritual revolution? Wicca and religious change in the 1960s

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada | Figures

About the project

abuse

Access to Insight

africa

Agnieszka Halemba | Scholars

Ahadith | Texts

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community | Traditions

Ahura Mazda | Figures

Akashic records | Concepts

Alan Watts | Figures | Scholars

Allah | Figures

Alternative Perspectives | Perspectives

alternative religion

american religion

An A-Z of Believing

Angela's Symposium

Animism | Concepts

animism

anthropology

antisemitism

Antisemitism: From Its Origins to the Present

arabia

art

Articles

Austerities | Practices

Authors

Ayahuasca | Entheogens

BASR 2020 Worldviews in RS and RE Panel

BBC Bitesize

BBC Teach

Be Love Now

Belief | Concepts

Bhagavad Gita | Texts

bhakti

bias

biography

Blaauboschkraal stone ruins | Places

Bodh Gaya | Places

Bodhisattva | Figures

Books

Books

Brahma | Figures

Brahman | Figures | Concepts

Brahmin | Figures

britain

British Journal of Religious Education

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

china

Chinese New Year | Occasions

chinese religion

Christianity | Traditions

christianity

Church | Places

cognitive science

Cognitive Theories | Perspectives

Commentary Pages

Community | Concepts

comparative mythology

comparative religion

Concepts

confucianism

CRPL Seminar 15th October - Buddhist Responses to Sexual Misconduct

Crucifix | Objects

cubes

Cults | Concepts

culture

Culture and Religion

deities

demonology

denmark

Dharma | Concepts

Dimitris Xygalatas | Scholars

discordianism

discrimination

diversity

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

enlightenment

Entheogens

entheogens

eris

esotericism

Eucharist | Practices | Food

Experiences

extremism

Figures

fiqh

fnord

Food

ganja

Gathas | Texts

gcse

geography

Glastonbury | Places

Governing Religion: Global Challenges and Comparative Approaches

Graham Harvey | Scholars

greece

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

hate

hate crime

Henotheism | Concepts

herb

hermeticism

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

Improving Religious Literacy: A Contribution to the Debate

india

Indian Philosophy: Volume 1

indigenous

indigenous religion

Inside Fundamentalism

interfaith

Interfaith Dialogue for Combating Extremism among Young People

Interim Report: Religious Education for All

interreligious dialogue

Introducing World Religions

Introduction to Religious Studies

Introduction to Religious Studies | Welcome

Isaiah Shembe | Figures

iskcon

Islam | Traditions

islam

israel

Jainism | Traditions

jainism

James George Frazer | Scholars

japan

Jehovah | Figures

Jerusalem | Places

Jesus | Figures

jesus

Jonathan Z. Smith | Scholars

Journals

Judaism | Traditions

judaism

Kabir | Figures

Kanniyakumari | Places

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

Let's Talk Religion

Linda Woodhead | Scholars

Liquid Religion | Perspectives

Literary Bias | Perspectives

Lived Religion | Perspectives

Living in Harmony

Lotus Sutra | Texts

Luke Burns

Mabon | Occasions

Maghi | Occasions

magic

magic mushrooms

Mahabharata | Texts

mahayana

Mahayana Buddhism | Traditions

Main Pages

Mandir | Places

Mantra | Practices | Sounds

marijuana

Marion Bowman | Scholars

Mary Douglas | Scholars

Material Religion | Perspectives

material religion

meaning

Mecca | Places

media

Meditation | Practices

megaliths

Mescaline Cacti | Entheogens

Mircea Eliade | Scholars

Mohandas Gandhi | Figures

Monotheism | Concepts

Mosque | Places

Muhammad | Figures

muhammad

Murti | Objects

muslims

Muslims in Britain: Changes and Challenges

mystic

mysticism

myth

mythology

N,N-Dimethyltryptamine

Nabta Playa | Places

Naked Reflections

Nancy Ammerman | Scholars

nature

Nazareth Baptist Church | Traditions

Neem Karoli Baba | Figures

nepal

New Animism | Perspectives

new religious movements

New Testament | Texts

New Testament Review

new year

Ninian Smart | Scholars

nordic animism

NT Pod

Objects

Obon | Occasions

Occasions

occult

occultism

Old Testament | Texts

Online Courses

order

pagan

paganism

Pages

pali canon

Panpsychism | Concepts

Pantheism | Concepts

Paramahansa Yogananda | Figures

Pascal Boyer | Scholars

Perspectives

Phenomenology | Perspectives

phenomenology

philosophy

Pilgrimage | Practices

pilgrimage

place

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

radicalisation

Ram | Figures

Ram Dass | Figures

Ramadan | Occasions

Ramayana | Texts

Rastafari Movement | Traditions

Ravidassia religion | Traditions

Regina Jonas | Figures

Rejected Religion

Religion and Conflict

Religion and Worldviews: the way forward. A national plan for RE

Religion Bites

Religion for Breakfast

Religion, Radicalisation, Resilience

Religions From The Inside: Improving Interreligious Dialogue

religious education

religious experience

religious literacy

Religious Literacy: Traditions and Scriptures

religious studies

Reports

Revelations of Divine Love

Richard King | Scholars

Ritual | Practices | Concepts

ritual

Rizalism | Traditions

Robin Horton | Scholars

Ronald Grimes | Scholars

Rudolf Otto | Scholars

Rune Hjarnø Rasmussen

sacred

Santo Daime | Traditions

Satori | Experiences

Scholars

scripture

Self-Religion | Perspectives

Seva | Concepts

Seven Dimensions of Religion | Perspectives

sex

sexual abuse

shamanism

sharia

Shechita | Practices

shrooms

Siddhārtha Gautama (Buddha) | Figures

Sigmund Freud | Scholars

sikhi

Sikhi (Sikhism) | Traditions

sikhism

Singing | Practices

Six Articles of Faith | Concepts

SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies: YouTube Channel

social science

somerset

Sounds

Sources

Sourcetypes

south africa

Sri Guru Granth Sahib | Texts

stub

sufism

suttas

Swami Vivekananda | Figures

symbolism

Synagogue | Places

Sámi indigenous religion | Traditions

Tags

tamil nadu

Tanakh | Texts

Taoism | Traditions

Terms and Conditions

terrorism

Text Talks

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 Journal of Religion, Nature and Culture

The Last Days of Socrates

The Life of Milarepa

The Panpsycast Philosophy Podcast

The Pañcadaśī | Texts

The RE Podcast

The Religious Experience of Mankind

The Religious Studies Project

The Sacred

The Science of Self-Realization

The Serpent Power

The Sharia and Islamic Law: An Introduction

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

The Upanishads

The Varieties of Religious Experience

The World Religions Paradigm | Perspectives

Theogony and Works and Days

theravada

Theravada Buddhism | Traditions

Thomas Aquinas | Figures

tibet

Torah | Texts

Traditions

trees

Trimarga | Practices

Trimurti | Concepts

Trinity | Concepts

Tu BiShvat | Occasions

Umbanda | Traditions

Understanding Religion

united kingdom

Upanishads | Texts

Vaishnavism | Traditions

vaishnavism

Vajrajana Buddhism | Traditions

vedanta

Vedas | Texts

Videos

vietnam

violence

vivekananda

Wana people | Traditions

Websites

weed

Wendy Doniger | Scholars

What is religion? | Questions

What is religious literacy? | Questions

What is religious studies? | Questions

What makes a place sacred? | Questions

Who creates religion? | Questions

Why Religion Matters: Religious Literacy, Culture and Diversity

Wicca | Traditions

wicca

wine

Wise Studies Podcast

women

Woolf Research

world religions

worldviews

Worldviews in Religious Education

Worldviews in Religious Education launch

Worldviews: A Multidisciplinary Report

Worship | Practices

Yazidism | Traditions

YHWH | Figures

Yoga | Practices

yoga

Yoginī temples and their antecedents: reassessing the textual evidence

young people

Youtube Channels

zen

Zoroaster | Figures

Zoroastrianism | Traditions

zoroastrianism

Émile Durkheim | Scholars

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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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