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Western Spirituality observes spiritual practices of the West. Find information on topics related to angels, sainthood or the Papacy.


Expelling Evil Spirits: The Exorcism Quiz

 Expelling Evil Spirits: The Exorcism Quiz

Exorcism has a long, controversial history with roots in religion. Test your knowledge of the practice with this quiz at HowStuffWorks. See more »

The Ultimate Bible Quiz

 The Ultimate Bible Quiz

The Bible is one of the oldest texts in the history of the world. Prove how much you know about this influential tome at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Greek or Roman Deity? Quiz

 Greek or Roman Deity? Quiz

It gets hard to tell Greek and Roman gods and goddesses apart. Test your knowledge of the deities with this quiz at HowStuffWorks. See more »

The Infamous Cults Quiz

 The Infamous Cults Quiz

Some infamous cults promote harsh conservative judgment; some are more into free love and spaceships. See how much you know at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Why do people close their eyes to pray?

 Why do people close their eyes to pray?

Why do so many people close their eyes to pray? Explore the history behind this prayer ritual. See more »

How Nuns Work

 How Nuns Work

What are nuns? Do they really wield rulers while singing and dancing like in the movies? Read more about nuns at HowStuffWorks. See more »

What is hope?

 What is hope?

Hope is the belief that circumstances in the future will be better. Learn about hope in this article from HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Circumcision Works

 How Circumcision Works

Circumcision is a common medical practice in many places, but where did the tradition of circumcision even come from? Should we rethink circumcisions? See more »

How can a corpse be incorruptible?

 How can a corpse be incorruptible?

Incorruptible bodies -- corpses that don't decay -- are a scientific mystery. Read why incorruptible bodies are hard to explain and where to find them. See more »

How Totem Poles Work

 How Totem Poles Work

Totem poles are family histories carved from trees. Learn how totem poles tell stories and commemorate special events with common symbols. See more »