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

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How Voodoo Works

If asked to describe Voodoo, many people would mention pin-filled dolls, zombies animal sacrifices and spirit possessions. Explore the Voodoo religion and find out if the stereotypes about it are true.


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 »

9 Types of Angels

9 Types of Angels

There are many types of angels that make up the spiritual world. Find out more about these angelic intermediaries for God. See more »

10 Little-Known Patron Saints

10 Little-Known Patron Saints

While Saint Peter and Saint Micheal are well-known, there are a number of little-known patron saints. Find out more about obscure patron saints. See more »

How Voodoo Works

How Voodoo Works

If asked to describe Voodoo, many people would mention pin-filled dolls, zombies and spirit possessions. Explore the Voodoo religion and find out if the stereotypes about it are true. See more »

What is the true meaning of jihad?

What is the true meaning of jihad?

A recently declassified U.S. government study says the Iraq war has become a uniting cause for 'Muslim jihadists.' What really is a jihad? See more »