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Relationship between religion and culture?

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Religion is people's beliefs and practices about exstence, nature, and worship of a god or gods. It also provides a theistic code of morals for use in binding order in society and culture. Culture is beliefs, customs, practices, and behavior of a particular nation or group of people.

Society and Culture are bound together by codes of behaviour, and by tacit agreements to live together in harmony. Some cultures identified themselves by their Religion; i.e., their religion was the centre which held the culture together. Home, farming, relationships, marriage, birth and death, these are all common events in cultures; often these events have a religious significance.

Religion gives transcendental meaning and purpose, and often, a goal to aspire to when life is complete. So many cultures have bound themselves together in common that they might all achieve the goal of life in common, by providing those social structures which bind religion and man. The word religiare (from which we get our common word Religion) means to bind back.

Religion often gives codes of behaviour for society and culture, such as the Ten Commandments. Another example is "Love God, have morality in society, and abhor sin". All religions have values. Values are guides to behaviour, such as do good, avoid wrong. All religions have the five human values, Truth, Right Conduct, Love, Peace and Non-violence at their core. These are values which sustain the very core of family, home, society, nation, and world.


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