The Pilgrims who started the first Thanksgiving tradition after they landed in Plymouth were following the customs they had grown up with, originating in medieval times.
The Mahāyāna branch of Buddhism likely emerged around the first centuries A.D. and was most readily carried through the Silk Road and maritime trade routes.
Combatting antisemitism isn’t just about ‘calling it out’ – it’s about helping people understand what antisemitism is in the first place.
People across much of North Africa were subject to racist laws and suffering at the hands of European powers during the Second World War.
From ancient Greece to modern-day TikTok witchcraft, the world of witches has been a changing one.
The veil as a symbol of oppression has once again moved to center stage in Iran, but it’s important to know about the history of veiling – and mandatory unveiling.
The genre of contemporary Christian music has been around for decades, but the line between CCM and secular pop music has always been blurry.
An anthropologist explains why we all have some irrational beliefs and the reason they give us comfort.
Halloween was virtually nonexistent in South Korea until about a decade ago. But commercialization is taking popular holidays to unlikely places across the globe.
Catholics disagree over how to adapt the church’s doctrine and practices, especially marriage, to different cultures.
Latina women hold few top leadership positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but their contributions help keep congregations going.
Christian nationalist ideas are about more than simply being religious and patriotic. They form a worldview about how the nation should be structured and who belongs there.
America’s religious landscape is getting more diverse as people find new ways of expressing spirituality.
Shinto and Buddhist ideas about interconnectedness have deeply influenced Japan, shaping centuries-old rituals and stories whose impact continues today.
Winning elections isn’t just a matter of how many players you have. It’s how engaged they are.
Rosaries are meant to be used wherever, whenever – and each one tells a story.
In the midterms, some religious voters may be motivated by the argument that if abortion is funded with tax dollars, it makes them personally complicit in sin.
If you think of Latino voters as left-leaning Catholics, think again.
A folklorist explains how Halloween continues an ancient Celtic tradition of the celebration of the dead.
A sociologist unpacks how common superstitions like fear of 13 can gain steam.