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RELIGIONS OF THE WORLD Synopsis Religion is any specific system of belief about deity, often involving rituals, a code of ethics and a philosophy of life. Religion is a collection of cultural systems, belief systems, and world views that relate humanity to spirituality and, sometimes, to moral values. Many religions have narratives, symbols, traditions and sacred histories that are intended to give meaning or to explain the origin of life or the universe. They tend to derive morality, ethics, religious or a preferred lifestyle from their ideas about the cosmos and human nature. The word ‘religion’ is sometimes used interchangeably with ‘faith’ or ‘belief system’, but religion differs from private belief in that it has a social aspect. Many religions have organized behaviours, clergy, a definition of what constitutes adherence or membership, congregations of laity, regular meetings or services for the purposes of veneration of a deity or for prayer, holy places (either natural or architectural), and/or scriptures. The practice of a religion may also include sermons, commemoration of the activities of a God or Goddess, sacrifices, festivals, feasts, trance, initiations, funerary services, meditation, music, art, dance, public service, or other aspects of human culture. However, there are examples of religions for which some or many of these aspects...
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