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How We Pray

Ivy Gordon | India


Perhaps the only consistent thing about peoples’ prayers is that they are different. 

How people express their beliefs is illustrated in the rituals of devotion seen in the following images from Bhutan, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Tibet representing Buddhism, Christianity, Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam.

For thousands of years humanity has pursued the quest of finding meaning and answers to what are often called the soul questions: Who am I? What do I want? What is my purpose? What is the meaning of life? Our ways of seeking answers to those questions are both remarkably similar and radically different.

There have been two traditional ways in which people seek answers to these questions: religion and spirituality. Religion is a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices; the service and worship of God or the supernatural. Spirituality implies an experience of a connection to something larger than you; living everyday life in a reverent and sacred manner.





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