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an institutionalized system of symbols, beliefs, values, and practices by which a group of people interprets and responds to what they feel is sacred and that provides answers to questions of ultimate meaning
set apart from ordinary activity for worship, seen as holy, and protected by special rites and rituals
the ordinary beliefs of everyday life; may be institutionalized but are specifically not religious
those in which the beliefs and practices of the religion are based on male power and authority
based on the centrality of female goddesses, who may be seen as the source of food, nurturance, and love, or who may serve as emblems of the power of women
the body of beliefs common to a community or society that gives people a sense of belonging
hard work and self-denial will lead to salvation and to the accumulation of capital
formal organizations that tend to see themselves, and are seen by society, as the primary and legitimate religious institutions. Tend to be integrated into the secular world to a degree that sects and cults are not
group that has broken off from an established church; emerge when a faction within an established religion questions the legitimacy or purity of the group from which they are separating
religious group devoted to a specific cause or charismatic leader; many arise within established religions and sometimes continue to peaceably reside within the parent religion simply as a fellowship of people with a particular, often mystical dogma
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