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A religion is an organized collection of beliefs, cultural systems, and world views that relate the various sentient species to an order of existence. Many religions have narratives, symbols, and sacred histories that aim to explain the meaning of life, the origin of life, or the Universe. From their beliefs about the cosmos and sentient nature, people may derive morality, ethics, religious laws or a preferred lifestyle.

Many religions may have organized behaviors, clergy, a definition of what constitutes adherence or membership, holy places, and scriptures. The practice of a religion may include rituals, sermons, commemoration or veneration (of a deity, gods, or goddesses), sacrifices, festivals, feasts, trances, initiations, funerary services, matrimonial services, meditation, prayer, music, art, dance, public service, or other aspects of sentient cultures. Religions may also contain mythology.

Etymology

Theories

Origins and development

Social Constructionism

Comparative religion

List of Religions

Issues

IQ and atheism in society

Economics

Health

Violence

Law

Science

Animal Sacrifice

Related forms of thought

Superstition

Myth

Secularism and irreligion

Criticism of religion

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