The practice of a religion may also include sermons, commemoration of the activities of a god or gods, sacrifices, festivals, feasts, trance, initiations, funerary services, matrimonial services, meditation, music, art, dance, public service, or other aspects of human culture.
However, there are examples of religions for which some or many of these aspects of structure, belief, or practices are absent.
Religions and other belief systems in our environment have an influence on our identity, regardless of whether we consider ourselves religious or spiritual or not.
At the same time, other parts of our identity, our history, our approach to other religions and groups considered "different" will influence how we interpret that religion or belief system.
They tend to derive morality, ethics, religious laws or a preferred lifestyle from their ideas about the cosmos and human nature.
[…] Many religions have organised behaviours, clergy, a definition of what constitutes adherence or membership, congregations of laity, regular meetings or services for the purposes of veneration of a deity or for prayer, holy places (either natural or architectural), and/or scriptures.
As social structures, they provide a supporting network and a sense of belonging.
In many cases, religions have become the basis of power structures and have become intertwined with it.
Religions and related social and cultural structures have played an important part in human history.
As mental structures, they influence the way we perceive the world around us and the values we accept or reject.