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Western Spirituality

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

What is hope?

When Pandora opened the box she wasn't supposed to open, all of the evils of the world flew out: hate, pain, destructiveness, starvation. When she saw what she'd done, she closed the box before the last thing in there could escape. What was it?

How Satanism Works

Satanists are often portrayed as devil-worshiping deviants in pop culture, but that's a mischaracterization. Learn about Satanism at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Christian-themed 'Hell Houses' Still Going Strong

Are Christian "hell houses" still popular? Learn more about religious haunted houses in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

Committed a Super-serious Sin? Head for a Super-confessor!

Some sins are so grave (or rare) that Catholics have to confess to the pope or a bishop — except this year. HowStuffWorks looks at super-confessors. See more »

The Flying Spaghetti Monster Gains Cred (and Colanders) in the Netherlands

Holland officially recognized Pastafarianism as a religion. Learn more at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

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

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?

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

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?

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

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