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Sierra Leone's secret societies mark bodies and minds

Freetown - Wearing a fading Mickey Mouse T-shirt, her knees hugged to her chest, eight-year-old Musu Kamara sits in a corrugated shack in Sierra Leone's capital waiting for her initiation into a secret society.

Ghosts haunt our palace, says Swedish queen

Stockholm - Queen Silvia of Sweden says the royal palace where she resides is haunted, according to a documentary to be aired on public television on Thursday. "There are small friends... ghosts.

Myanmar 'exorcist' in court over deaths of three children

A self-proclaimed sorcerer who allegedly beat three children to death in an exorcism ritual appeared in a Yangon court on Friday, telling reporters he was possessed by a "dark spirit" at the time of the killings.

Three children killed in Myanmar black magic ritual

Tamwe - Three infant children have been beaten to death in a Myanmar village outside Yangon by a man purporting to be a spiritual healer, who told their families they were possessed by evil spirits.

Obese 100-year-old crocodile dies from overeating sacrifices

An overweight 100-year-old crocodile in south-western Bangladesh has died from overfeeding caused by eating too many chickens and goats that were thrown to it by worshippers believing they would get good luck.

Study: Belief in God increases as people age

International surveys by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago indicated higher percentages of older people worldwide believe in God and the researchers speculated the difference may be due to more contemplation of death.

New Approach to Explain Religious Behavior

Two anthropologists from the University of Missouri and Arizona State University have developed a new approach to study religion by focusing on verbal communication, an identifiable behavior,

Is Corporal Punishment On The Brink Of Global Extinction?

"Spare the rod, spoil the child" is what some folks use as their reasoning for doling out a good old fashioned whipping. Despite countless adults who stand up now claiming that they are just "fine", is it really an effective tool? Not for many countries.

Study Says Context is Important for Brain Function

Scientists at UCL (University College London) have found the link between what we expect to see, and what our brain tells us we actually saw. Study shows reveals that the context surrounding what we see is all important

DePrisco Family clings to murder belief

The Uncle said he did not see the injuries on the leg, shoulder and lower back injuries when the 19-year-old died in Mexico last Monday.

10 Impeding Beliefs That Prevent You From Getting Rich

At one point in your life, you may ask yourself why other people are so successful with money when you’re not. Depending on how closely you look, you will have several answers. Do these sound familiar?

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One of the slogans beamed onto a wall at the Wellcome exhibition  focusing on perception.
One of the slogans beamed onto a wall at the Wellcome exhibition, focusing on perception.
Patti Smith  Scripture  Glasgow Cathedral  2007. Gelatin silver print 8.25 x 10.75 cm (image).
Patti Smith, Scripture, Glasgow Cathedral, 2007. Gelatin silver print 8.25 x 10.75 cm (image).
Patti Smith. Courtesy the artist and Robert Miller Gallery, New York.

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