Pain or Prayer: Anthropologist Studies Religions

You may not be Christian, or religious, but if you live in almost any developed country, you will find it hard to get away from Christmas rituals at this time of year. Of course, many of them are secular: where would the holidays be without rampant consumerism, drunken partying, over-indulgence and family feuds? Then there are the rituals whose religious origins have all but faded, such as Santa Claus. But while Christmas rituals can be exciting for children, they certainly don't have any of...Full Story
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