Category Archives: Religiosity

The Krampus and Religious Ritual in Germany

Children, beware the Krampus!  “Long before parents relied on the powers of Santa Claus to monitor their children’s behavior, their counterparts in Alpine villages called on a shaggy-furred, horned creature with a fistful of bound twigs to send the message … Continue reading

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Preaching and Snake-Handling

Pentacostal Christian churches in the Appalachian Mountains are known for their snake-handling preachers and congregants. Several famous anthropological and sociological studies have been done on the Appalachian Pentacostals and their devotional practices. A new National Geographic documentary will explore the … Continue reading

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Jews Praying on the Temple Mount

Jews regularly pray at the Western Wall of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Recently, however, some Jews have begun to climb atop the Temple Mount to pray on the ruins of the First and Second Temples of Jerusalem. According to … Continue reading

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