Study (c.1895). Elizabeth Nourse (American, 1859-1938). Nourse was acclaimed by her fellow artists and the public alike, not only for her technical skill but also for the unique personal vision she brought to her subject matter. Likely from studies she made in the Breton village of Saint Gildas, Study explores one of her signature themes: the spiritual lives of women and their participation in religious rituals.

Study (c.1895). Elizabeth Nourse (American, 1859-1938). Nourse was acclaimed by her fellow artists and the public alike, not only for her technical skill but also for the unique personal vision she brought to her subject matter. Likely from studies she made in the Breton village of Saint Gildas, Study explores one of her signature themes: the spiritual lives of women and their participation in religious rituals.

The Kurdish Tambûr Craftsmen and Players Asadollah Gahvareh and Farhad Farmani from Kirmaşan, Iran. The Tambûr Instrument was already present in the 3rd century at the court of the Sasanids in Iran. Among the Kurds, especially the Yazidis and their Yarsani Cousins, this Instrument is considered sacred, especially because it is an important ‎component of their religious Rituals.

The Kurdish Tambûr Craftsmen and Players Asadollah Gahvareh and Farhad Farmani from Kirmaşan, Iran. The Tambûr Instrument was already present in the 3rd century at the court of the Sasanids in Iran. Among the Kurds, especially the Yazidis and their Yarsani Cousins, this Instrument is considered sacred, especially because it is an important ‎component of their religious Rituals.

This is the Sanskrit language. This language is an Indo-Aryan language. This language is most common in those that practice the Hindu religion. It's also popular in Buddhism and Jainism

This is the Sanskrit language. This language is an Indo-Aryan language. This language is most common in those that practice the Hindu religion. It's also popular in Buddhism and Jainism

6/7/17 Avebury’s mysterious wooden pagan circles found to be 800 years OLDER than Stonehenge  Huge wooden palisades were set alight to create massive fire rings in pagan religious ritual just 20 miles down the road from Stonehenge  The wooden rings were discovered in Avebury after archaeologists discovered coal leftovers from when they were deliberately burned down by pagans

Avebury's mysterious wooden pagan circles found to be 800 years OLDER than Stonehenge

6/7/17 Avebury’s mysterious wooden pagan circles found to be 800 years OLDER than Stonehenge Huge wooden palisades were set alight to create massive fire rings in pagan religious ritual just 20 miles down the road from Stonehenge The wooden rings were discovered in Avebury after archaeologists discovered coal leftovers from when they were deliberately burned down by pagans

Deepavali observed by	Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Newar Buddhists; Type:	 Cultural, seasonal, religious; Celebrations:	Diya and lighting, home decoration, shopping, fireworks, puja (prayers), gifts, performing religious rituals, feast and sweets; Begins:	Dhanteras, two days before Diwali; Ends:	Bhai Dooj, two days after Diwali; Date	: Varies per Hindu calendar 2017 date	19 October (Thursday) 18 October (Wednesday) in South India

Deepavali observed by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Newar Buddhists; Type: Cultural, seasonal, religious; Celebrations: Diya and lighting, home decoration, shopping, fireworks, puja (prayers), gifts, performing religious rituals, feast and sweets; Begins: Dhanteras, two days before Diwali; Ends: Bhai Dooj, two days after Diwali; Date : Varies per Hindu calendar 2017 date 19 October (Thursday) 18 October (Wednesday) in South India

Hindu devotees perform religious rituals as they offer prayers to the Sun God

Hindu devotees perform religious rituals as they offer prayers to the Sun God

This image depicts Muslim men praying together. Religious rituals vary greatly across cultures and religions, but they most serve the purpose of uniting the group. Feelings are increased by being reflected in the feelings of the group, which increases the overall power of the religion.

This image depicts Muslim men praying together. Religious rituals vary greatly across cultures and religions, but they most serve the purpose of uniting the group. Feelings are increased by being reflected in the feelings of the group, which increases the overall power of the religion.

Florida Woman Arrested for Child Abuse After Administering Bizarre Religious Ritual - Danielle Harkins

Florida Woman Arrested for Child Abuse After Administering Bizarre Religious Ritual - Danielle Harkins

10 Of The Strangest Religious Rituals Around The World  http://www.therichest.com/rich-list/most-shocking/10-of-the-strangest-religious-rituals-around-the-world/

10 Of The Strangest Religious Rituals Around The World http://www.therichest.com/rich-list/most-shocking/10-of-the-strangest-religious-rituals-around-the-world/

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