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A religion is a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a [supernatural] agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.

Aspects of religion include [narrative] , [symbolism] , beliefs, and practices that are supposed to give meaning to the practitioner's experiences of life. Whether the meaning centers on a [deity] or deities, or an ultimate [truth] , religion is commonly identified by the practitioner's [prayer] , [ritual] , [meditation] , [music] and [art] , among other things, and is often interwoven with [society] and [politics] . It may focus on specific [supernatural] , [metaphysical] , and [moral] claims about [reality] (the [cosmos] and [human nature] ) which may yield a set of [religious law] s and [ethics] and a particular [lifestyle] . Religion also encompasses ancestral or cultural [tradition] s, writings, history, and [mythology] , as well as personal [faith] and [religious experience] .

The term "religion" refers both to the personal practices related to communal faith and to group rituals and communication stemming from shared conviction. "Religion" is sometimes used interchangeably with " [faith] " or " [belief system] ," but it is more socially defined than personal convictions, and it entails specific [behaviors] , respectively.
The [development of religion] has taken many forms in various cultures, with continental differences.

Religion is often described as a communal system for the coherence of belief focusing on a system of thought, unseen being, person, or object, that is considered to be [supernatural] , sacred, [divine] , or of the highest truth.

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