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7 pages. To understand Afro-Cuban society one must have an understanding of their religions and deities. This paper focuses on the deities and understanding of the Afro-Cuban society, including the biographies of the saints in the Yoruba Pantheon. Also are reflected the daily lives and historical experience of African and Cuban societies. ...

This 8 page paper considers the hypothesis that religion is ultimately a tool that is used to control people. Example of the crusades, King Henry VIII and the witch hunts are cited to demonstrate this relations between religion power and control.The bibliography cites 8 sources.

In 5 pages, the author argues the thesis that Macbeth in William Shakespeare's 'The Tragedy of Macbeth' is controlled by the witches. The question of whether or not Macbeth is independent in his thinking or whether he is controlled by witches is one that is cause for debate. Witches have long been thought to ...

A five page paper which looks at the relationship between religion, cosmology, art and architecture in ancient Egypt. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

A paper which considers the views of Morgan, Tylor and Raglan regarding the origins and function of religion, particularly in primitive societies, and the ways in which religion is related to other aspects of cultural ideology.

Religion and 'Magic'

  • 6 page paper

A 6 page paper that considers the magico-religious elements of a number of primal religions and compares them practices in Catholicism. This paper utilizes information presented by Kenneth Kuykendal and others to demonstrate the importance of magic and ritual in religion.

An 8 page overview of each of these fascinating religions. The author discusses the importance of the environment as a factor in shaping the evolution of Native American Religions, then goes on to provide a brief overview of the beliefs and ideologies of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Confucianism, and Taoism. Bibliography lists 11 sources. ...

This 4 page paper discusses tribal religions worldview by reporting on two tribal religions in India. The paper also discusses human destiny. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

This 6 page paper considers the role of these spirits and the way in which they effect the lives of the followers. Examples of the divine spirits are given and the way in which justice can be seen is also demonstrated. The bibliography cites 8 sources.

This 3 page paper covers two subjects: the relationship between ancient Egyptian religion and the idea of death; and ancient Judaism. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

A 6 page paper which presents and supports the contention that religious rituals have meaning only in the context of the culture in which they evolved. The observations of a young girl who has traveled to the U.S. from a third world country are presented as evidence of this contention. The young girl ...


  • 5 page paper

This 5 page paper discusses the Voodoo religion, its history, origin, controversies and rituals. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

A 6 page paper which looks at the religion of Voodoo. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

This 4-page paper discusses the differences between how the Sumerians and Hebrews regarded their gods, and would attempt to placate them so terrible things wouldn't happen to them. Included are discussions about montheism and polytheism. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

This 4 page paper comprises 3 short essays on ancient religions and how they compare with today’s worship; gothic cathedrals; and the concept of the romantic hero. Bibliography lists 5 sources.


  • 8 page paper

An 8 page paper on the religion, philosophy, and culture started by Marcus Garvey. This paper mainly deals with the history, the background, and the religious beliefs of this predominantly black religion. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

A 12 page comparison of two of the world's major religions. A brief overview of religion as a whole is provided as a backdrop. Religion is defined and the contention presented that, in spite of many in modern society's reluctance to accept the fact, both Bahai and Catholicism are religions. Brief histories of ...

A 45 page paper that discusses the issue of whether Scientology is a cult or a religion. The paper begins by defining the two words, then provides an overview of the growth of cults and religions in the 20th century. An historical overview of the beginning and expansion of the Church of Scientology is provided ...

A 3 page paper which reflects on primitive religion. The reflection involves an understanding of content as it relates to personal experience and perceptions. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Ultimate Reality and the Divine in This 5 page report discusses human understanding of Ultimate Reality and the Divine in terms of individual spirituality and religious belief. It also examines it in the context of ancient people -- both those who were highly literate and the non-literate. Bibliography lists 6 ources.

This 16 page paper discusses scientology to determines whether or not it is a religion. The paper includes different definitions of religion and then examines the beliefs and practices of scientologists so consider how they fit in with the concepts of religion. The paper includes discussion concerning the difficulties of Scientology in Germany and ...

This 12 page paper discusses the development of religion in ancient Egypt, and how it developed alongside the Egyptian civilization. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

A 5 page paper which examines some characteristics of various religions of the world. The paper addresses such characteristics as divination, shamanism, attitudes towards the dead, and totemism. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

This 7 page paper provides an overview of a hypothetical course on African religions that is based on an existing textbook. Bibliography lists 1 source.

This 5 page paper takes a look at this compelling book. Bibliography lists 1 source.

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