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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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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 »