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Posted on Monday, April 28 - 2008

Anthony North: Few of us have not heard of, or seen, The Matrix. A film that mixes the ultimate ideals of cyberspace with religious and mythological imagery, it is seen as pure fiction. But fiction has a habit of coming true. Many would scoff at such an idea. Religious hog-wash has no place in the modern technical world. But I would argue our innate spirituality will recur in every society and culture -even the most atheist, materialist and technological. The first religion was arguably the animist. : Seen in ancient tribal societies throughout the world, everything had a spiritual reflection. This included animals, rivers, mountains, and even the weather. This was so because thephysical world had a spirit world running parallel to it.

This world was accessed through the hysterical rituals of the shaman, who would enter, and commune, with the spirits in trance. This is why most ancient gods were animals. : Eventually, however, the chimera appeared -a god that was half animal, half man. This indicates that spirituality had shifted position. Whereas the first religions were very much nature based, as man"s society advanced, religion passed through to society, with men coming to be seen as divine, first as animalistic themselves, and eventually fully man-gods. A parallel spirituality was still evident. : But now the man-gods who populated the parallel spiritual world were symbolized in mythology, represented agriculture, and had their homes in the stars. With the birth ofChristianity, this was to change. The physical and spiritual worlds were always interactive. But in Christ, this interactiveness was denied, until death. The Christian had to be very much in the real world, his place in the spiritual afterlife decided upon by his deeds in this world. Paganism, however, continued the interactiveness.: This developed into the western occult tradition, where the witch and adept continued to access the parallel world. And it was to have mass popular expression once more with the arrival of Spiritualism.

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Posted on Thursday, January 06 - 2011

Two pythons have tied the knot in an unusual wedding ceremony in a village south of Phnom Penh.Cambodians tend to be very supersticious and practice a combination of Animism and Buddhism. "We organised the wedding ceremony for the pythons in order to oust bad things and bring good luck and happiness for our villages," said the owner of one of thetwo snakes.

He originally found the python in 1994 and it had become a part of his family ever since. Hundreds of Cambodians have celebrated the unusual wedding of two snakes, in the belief the nuptials will bring those attending prosperity and peace. Serpent bride Chamreun, a 16ft-long (4. 8m) python weighing 200lb (90kg), wed her smaller mate in avillage just south of the capital Phnom Penh.  

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Posted on Friday, December 03 - 2010

Survey results over 40 years have suggested that up to 22% of Americans lie about going to church.It is believed that 23% of Americans regularly attend church but when asked about it in a survey up to 45% claim to do so. Philip Brenner of the Institute for Social Research has been taking a look atthe results to try and explain this discrepancy.

Brenner plowed through 400 surveys and time diaries across four decades with three quarters of a million respondents in 13 nations to find that Americans exaggerate their church attendance more than anyone else.  

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Posted on Wednesday, September 29 - 2010

A new survey has revealed that atheists know more on average about religion than religious followers.The survey conducted in the US found that atheists and agnostics seemed to be more knowledgable about facts and histories relating to religions than people who followed thosefaiths.

A majority of Protestants, for instance, couldn"t identify Martin Luther as the driving force behind the Protestant Reformation, according to the survey, released Tuesday by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.  

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