After years of marginalization, the bèlè dance has been embraced by a growing community who see it as a form of social and spiritual healing.
The Civil War – the second-most-deadly event in US history, just behind COVID-19 –contributed to lasting changes in how Americans care for the dead.
A scholar of digital religion and Buddhism argues that not all Western Buddhism practice is inauthentic. Here’s a way to know what’s real.
A scholar of Jewish history explains why the annual Lag BaOmer pilgrimage to Mount Meron in Israel has such power and meaning.
An anthropologist writes that despite best efforts, there is no guarantee that children may not have been exploited in the production process of chocolate.
Two political scientists in their study in South Dakota found people trusted medical professionals the least when it came to public health messages.
Traditional ecological knowledge, or TEK, can encompass science, medicine, ecology, religion and culture – and help protect the environment.
A scholar of constitutional law and American religious history explains how the abortion issue has been historically rooted in religious beliefs, giving a moral certainty that law cannot provide.
Father Damien’s legacy has inspired health providers and humanitarians for over a century.
World War II has a central place in Russian nationalism. Its importance is written all over a new cathedral dedicated to the armed forces.
Two scholars of fundamentalism and creationism explain what they found when they visited the Ark Encounter, an evangelical theme park in Kentucky,
Relics often provided a way to bring more pilgrims into a church – and therefore, more offerings.
The country has a long history of ethnic and religious conflict, but the worst economic crisis in decades has brought protesters together.
The Supreme Court ruled May 2, 2022, in Shurtleff v. Boston, a free speech case.
As Muslims congregate in their local mosques in communal prayer for Eid, the Women’s Mosque of America, located in Los Angeles, will provide an exclusive religious space for its female congregants.
Temples are often open to the public for a period after construction or renovation, but only church members may enter once religious ceremonies begin.
Four scholars of race, religion and immigration explain how US refugee and asylum policy has long been racially and religiously discriminatory in practice.
Ukrainian families’ anguish at not being able to bury their loved ones underscores a deep human need, an anthropologist writes.
Several US universities now recognize caste as part of nondiscrimination policies. Two scholars of South Asian studies explain how caste-based violence isn’t limited to Hinduism, or to India.
A sociologist found in her research that many Americans who are opposed to abortion may nonetheless be willing to support a friend or family member seeking one.