Religion is defined as a set of beliefs, feelings and rituals that bind an individual or a human group to what it considers sacred, in particular to the deity, or the set of dogmas, precepts and rites that constitute a given religious cult. Religions, therefore, are inseparably interwoven into the totality of aspects of human civilisation. Political and social institutions (e.g. royalty or the family), economic institutions (hunting, agriculture, various trades), arts, techniques and customs invariably have historical connections to, or are even rooted in, religion; also individual peoples’ views of nature, the environment and history are rarely without links to religious ideas.
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