Now it’s time for our second religion, I know you were waiting ages for this. So, what’s this one called? Spiritism.
Religion: Spiritism is a religion that isn’t really a religion like any other, sort of blending Christianity and some other Western religions to form its root. It was started by a French educater in the mid 19th century, and now has 39 representive countries.
Where it is Practiced: As mentioned, 39 countries officially represent it, but the countries where it is most practiced are Brazil, Phillipines, and the UK. Some others are the US, France, and Spain.
Beliefs: Spiritism uses a book similar to the bible called the Spiritist Codification. In it there are five books: The Spirits’ Book, which covers subjects like God, Religion, Society, Spirit, Universe, Man, etc.; The Mediums’ Book, which covers things like how to channel spirits, the process done by mediums, etc.; The Gospel According to Spiritism, which has comments on the gospels of the world, highlighting passages that have ethical things shared by all religions and philisophical systems; Heaven and Hell, which has interviews with dead people and trying to come up with a corrolation between Heaven and Hell; and the Genesis According to Spiritism, which shows how spiritists think the world started and such. People who study spiritism believe in God, spirits, Nature, reincarnation, ghosts, and aliens. They also have karma, which is similar to the karma used in Hinduism, and mediumship, people who communicate with spirits (or ghosts).
Practices: Spiritism is not actually seen as a religion by most of its followers, and actually more of a way of life. Therefore, it doesn’t require frequent adoration or masses that other religions need. Spiritists think their religion has three parts: science, philosophy, and religion. Spiritism does have orginization, though. There’s something like a church system for it in Canada, and these can have a local, regional, or national scope.
If you want to find out more about spiritism, I did my research from these places:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiritism, http://akorra.com/2010/03/04/top-10-lesser-known-religions/, and http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Which_are_the_countries_where_Spiritism_is_most_practiced
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