Literally meaning "not know"; a position asserting that the existence of God cannot be proven.
From the Latin anima, meaning "spirit," "soul," "life force"; a worldview common among oral religions (religions with no written scriptures) that sees all elements of nature as being filled with spirit or spirits.
Literally meaning "not God"; a position asserting that there is no God or gods.
A technique, pioneered by Jacques Derrida, that sets aside ordinary categories of analysis and makes use, instead, of unexpected perspectives on cultural elements; it can be used for finding underlying values in a text, film, artwork, cultural practice, or religious phenomenon.
The belief that reality is made of two different principles (spirit and matter); the belief in two gods (good and evil) in conflict.
Existing and operating within nature.
The belief in one God.
A position that is unconcerned with the supernatural, not asserting or denying the existence of any deity.
The belief that everything in the universe is divine.
The belief in many gods.
An analytical approach that does not seek to find universal structures that might underlie language, religion, art, or other such significant areas, but focuses instead on observing carefully the individual elements in cultural phenomena
An analytical approach that looks for universal structures that underlie language, mental processes, mythology, kinship, and religions; this approach sees human activity as largely determined by such underlying structures.
"Climbing beyond" (Latin); beyond time and space.
A long-stemmed sacred pipe used primarily by many native peoples of North America; it is smoked as a token of peace.
A foretelling of the future or a look into the past; a discovery of the unknown by magic means.
Organic, integrated; indicating a complete system, greater than the sum of its parts; here, refers to a culture whose various elements (art, music, social behavior) may all have religious meanings.
The act of pouring a liquid as an offering to a god.
A human being who contacts and attempts to manipulate the power of spirits for the tribe or group.
An attempt to influence the outcome of an event through an action that has an apparent similarity to the desired result - for example, throwing water into the air to produce rain, or burning an enemy's fingernail clippings to bring sickness to that enemy.
A strong social prohibition (Tongan: tabu; Hawaiian: kapu).
An animal (or image of an animal) that is considered to be related by blood to a family or clan and is its guardian or symbol.
A spiritual community
The spiritual essence of all individual human beings
An earthly embodiment of a deity.
A religious literary work about Krishna
Devotion to a deity or guru.
The spiritual discipline of devotion to a deity or guru.
God of creation.
The spiritual essence of the universe.
Member of the priestly caste.
One of the major social classes sanctioned by Hinduism
"Goddess"; the Divine Feminine, also called the Great Mother.
"Awe-inspiring," "distant"; a mother-goddess, a form of Devi.
A spiritual teacher.
The spiritual discipline of postures and bodily exercises.
The spiritual discipline of knowledge and insight.
"Dark," a form of Devi; a goddess associated with destruction and rebirth.
The moral law of cause and effect that determines the direction of rebirth
The spiritual discipline of selfless action.
A god associated with divine playfulness;...
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