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Goddesses and gods

All around the world, the everyday lives of many people are determined by their religion and their faith. Acquaint yourself with religious customs and practices. Religion is a very fascinating topic, but at the same time a very sensitive one.

  • The first massive push of globalization was due to the spread of Christianity. Keep in mind: Someone of another religion is no “heathen”.

  • Aside from Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism, there are countless other religions that are neither "cults" nor "sects", but independent religious convictions with goddesses and gods. Religion is a sensitive as well as a fascinating topic.

  • In some parts of Asia and Africa, tourists that pointedly show their Christian faith are often met with distrust. Therefore, some restraint is called for.

  • When visiting churches, temples and mosques or participating in "exotic" celebrations, you can immerse into the religion and experience people's faith. Don't occupy the best places at processions, leave them to the believers.

  • Be respectful towards cultural objects and relics. Only touch religious statues if locals do so, too.

  • Many of us find it difficult to talk about their faith and religion. Think about how you could best answer questions about your religious conviction, what it is and what it means to you.

  • Temples or mosques may only be entered without shoes. In several Hindu temples, other things made from leather, such as jackets or belts, have to be taken off, too, as a symbol of absolute non-killing.

  • Buddhists as well as Hindus believe in rebirth (reincarnation). In Buddhist countries, foreign guests may attend devotions in temples.

  • In the fasting month Ramadan, practising Muslims are not allowed to eat and drink during the day. Even travellers might find their daily routines restricted, as restaurants only open after sunset.
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