Religious people throughout the world perform rituals they believe will enhance their spiritual standing with the god they believe in.
- Hindus cover each other with colored powder and dance while taking part in Holi festival celebrations.
- Chinese villagers perform dragon dances o celebrate the lantern festival.
- Christian Orthodox worshippers hold up candles they believe are lit from the ‘Holy Fire.’
- Indonesian muslims perform the Eid Al-Fitr prayer on ‘sea of sands’ at Parangkusumo beach in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
- Hindus in Bangladesh celebrate the Hindu festival of Janmashtami, which marks the birth of the Hindu god Lord Krishna.
- Buddhist monks release lanterns into the air during celebrations for Vesak Day.
- Ultra-orthodox Jews perform a ritual one day before the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur in which they cast their sins into the water and the fish.
Each individual performs these rituals in the belief that it will draw them closer to their respective god.
But the example that is most striking is this one:
This expression of religious belief is said to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed.
While many of us find the act depicted in this image repulsive, these people are just as certain it pleases their god as (some) Christians are sure their acts of prayer, church attendance, bible reading, etc.cast them in a favorable light with their “God.”
Surely, belief is a funny thing.