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  • Cult Suicides Created: Monday, April 09, 2012 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
    The reality of mass suicide pacts within a small number of religious groups is the source of perhaps the greatest stigma facing new religions. The reality is terrifying, even though they are exceedingly rare. Why would any group think suicide to be the ultimate expression of faith?
  • How Do I Convert to Zoroastrianism? Created: Saturday, April 24, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
    What options are open to a person, particularly a Westerner, who is interested in Zoroastrianism and the worship of Ahura Mazda?
  • Why is the Occult so Associated with Satanism? Created: Monday, February 06, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
    For many people, the word occult is practically synonymous with Satanism. Not only is that a relatively recent phenomena, but it's not grounded in any fact. While Satanists do often participate i...
  • Rada, Petro and Ghede Lwa in Vodou Created: Thursday, June 04, 2009 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
    In New World Vodoun, the spirits (or lwa) with whom believers interact are divided into three main families, Rada, Petro, and Ghede. Lwa can be viewed as forces of nature, but they also have perso...
  • Marriage and Sexuality in the Baha'i Faith Created: Saturday, November 21, 2009 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
    The Baha'i Faith offers a variety goals, values, requirements, and prohibitions that influence and direct the behavior of followers. Baha'u'llah himself, a Manifestation of God whose word is consi...
  • Naw-Ruz – The Baha'i and Zoroastrian New Year Created: Tuesday, March 03, 2009 Updated: Saturday, June 21, 2014
    The Persian New Year is commonly celebrated by two distinct religious groups, the Baha'is and the Zoroastrians.
  • Complicated Polygons and Stars - Enneagram, Decagram, Endekagram, Dodekagram Created: Friday, July 26, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    As shapes becomes more complex, we see them used less often and in more specific contexts. Here we mention the enneagram (9-sided), decagram (10-sided), endekagram (11-sided), and dodekagram (12-s...
  • What are Kami in Shinto? Created: Thursday, July 29, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    Western texts on Shinto commonly translate kami as spirit or god. Neither term works well for the entirety of kami, which span a wide range of supernatural beings, from anthropomorphic
  • Bondye, the Good God of Vodou Created: Saturday, February 20, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    In Vodou, Bondye is the highest principle in the universe and is responsible for both the universal order and human activity. He is the wholeness of the human community and is the origin of all li...
  • Black Sun Created: Monday, April 30, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    The Black Sun design originates from a floor design at Wewelsburg Castle, which was renovated by Heinrich Himmler during the Third Reich. It draws influence from older Germanic symbols of similar ...
  • Haft-Sin Table Created: Tuesday, March 03, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    The haft-sin table is a traditional component of Persian new year celebrations, commonly known as Naw-Ruz or Nowruz. This tradition is embraced by both Zoroastrians and Baha'is."
  • Baha'i Faith Created: Friday, December 26, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    An introduction to the Baha'i Faith, including basic beliefs and practices." itemprop="description"> Monday, April 23, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014
    Santeria is an African Diaspora religion centered in Cuba. It recognizes a collection of deities known as orishas with whom human beings can interact. Santeria has gained notoriety for its practi...
  • An Introduction to Spiritualism Created: Monday, December 12, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014
    Spiritualism is a religion, as well as a philosophy and a science, revolving around the continued existence of the soul after death and the ability of humanity to communicate with and learn from th...
  • Purity and Fire in Zoroastrianism Created: Monday, December 29, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014
    Ritual purity is central to Zoroastrian practices. Of the six main purifying agents in Zoroastrianism, fire is by far the most potent and revered. Considerable effort is made to keep temple fires...
  • Who was Zoroaster (Zarathushtra)? Created: Saturday, December 13, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014
    The very early history of Zoroastrianism and it's founder, Zoroaster." itemprop="description"> Sunday, March 21, 2010 Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014
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  • What is Theistic Satanism? Created: Monday, July 18, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014
    Theistic Satanism encompasses a variety of related beliefs honoring a figure addresses as Satan or associated with Satan. In contrast to LaVeyan Satanism, which is atheistic and considers Satan me...
  • Beliefs and Practices of Scientologists Concerning Death Created: Tuesday, January 06, 2009 Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014
    An overview of Scientology beliefs concerning what happens to us after we die and how they commonly reflect these beliefs through funeral services.
  • 72 Names of God Created: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
    The Kabbalah Centre has popularized the concept of the 72 Names of God, each of which consist of three Hebrew letters. Believers sometimes wear specific names of God on their persons to gain the i...
  • Which Religions Involve Animal Sacrifice? Created: Sunday, May 09, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
    A complete list of religions across the world that involve animal sacrifice would be impossible to compile, as it is still a part of a variety of indigenous practices. Here is a brief overview of ...
  • Evaluating Religions as Dangerous Cults Created: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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  • Eliphas Levi's Baphomet - The Goat of Mendes Created: Thursday, December 18, 2008 Updated: Thursday, June 05, 2014
    Deciphering Eliphas Levi's Baphomet of Mendes, a popular 19th century occult image still used by a variety of occult traditions today." itemprop="description"="description" Wednesday, April 14, 2010 Updated: Thursday, June 05, 2014
    Magicians can use a variety of methods for producing energy for their workings. Sex is one such method, and the result is commonly referred to as sex magic.
  • The Orishas Created: Monday, June 11, 2012 Updated: Thursday, June 05, 2014
    The orishas are the gods of Santeria, an African Diaspora religion that developed among the slaves of Cuba." itemprop="description"> Monday, October 24, 2011 Updated: Thursday, June 05, 2014
    The concept of human sacrifice is one of the more abhorrent facets of religion in the minds of most of us. Historically, minority groups have been repeatedly accused of it. Today, it is a common ...
  • Jedi Religion (Jediism) Created: Wednesday, October 08, 2008 Updated: Thursday, June 05, 2014
    An introduction to Jedi Religion or Jediism, including basic beliefs and practices." itemprop="description"> Tuesday, May 12, 2009 Updated: Thursday, June 05, 2014
    Tarot readings are a form of divination giving insight into the influences surrounding person or issue. The skill is seem by some as entirely personal, while others view it as a reflection of a un...
  • Orthopraxy vs. Orthodoxy Created: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 Updated: Thursday, June 05, 2014
    Religions are generally defined by one of two things: belief or practice, or the concepts of orthodoxy and orthopraxy.
  • The Elohim within the Raelian Religion Created: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 Updated: Thursday, June 05, 2014
    Find out about the Elohim, who, according to the Raelian church, are a human-like alien race that created life through scientific processes on Earth.
  • Satanic Views of Life and Death Created: Monday, August 23, 2010 Updated: Thursday, June 05, 2014
    LaVeyan Satanists accept no beliefs in an afterlife. Each person comes into existence at birth and disappears at death. The period in-between – one lifetime – is the sum total of exis...
  • Raelian Movement Created: Thursday, July 23, 2009 Updated: Thursday, June 05, 2014
    An introduction to the new religious movement and atheistic religion, including origins, basic beliefs and practices." itemprop="description">>