Rituals and Practices in World Religions

Cross-Cultural Scholarship to Inform Research and Clinical Contexts

  • David Bryce Yaden
  • Yukun Zhao
  • Kaiping Peng
  • Andrew B. Newberg

Part of the Religion, Spirituality and Health: A Social Scientific Approach book series (RELSPHE, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Leah Elizabeth Comeau
    Pages 47-58
  3. Gaylon J. Ferguson
    Pages 59-71
  4. Anne Vallely
    Pages 73-86
  5. Gao Haibo
    Pages 87-98
  6. Yu Guoqing
    Pages 99-111
  7. Rachel Werczberger, Shlomo Guzmen-Carmeli
    Pages 113-125
  8. J. Harold Ellens
    Pages 127-135
  9. Emad Hamdeh
    Pages 137-149
  10. Inderjit N. Kaur
    Pages 151-165
  11. Ruth Williams
    Pages 167-179
  12. Robin M. Wright
    Pages 181-194
  13. John R. Shook, Vanessa Gomez Brake
    Pages 195-207
  14. Michelle Walsh
    Pages 209-223
  15. David Bryce Yaden
    Pages 225-230

About this book


This book codifies, describes, and contextualizes group rituals and individual practices from world religious traditions. At the interface of religious studies, psychology, and medicine, it elucidates the cultural richness of practices and rituals from numerous world religions. The book begins by discussing the role that religious rituals and practices may play in the well-being of humans and the multi-dimensional cultural and psychological complexity of religious rituals and practices. It then discusses rituals and practices within a number of religions, including Christian, Islamic, Jewish, Buddhist, Taoist, Sikh, Hindu, Confucian, and other traditions.

There is a need for a more inclusive collection of religious rituals and practices, as some practices are making headlines in contemporary society. Mindfulness is one of the fastest-growing psychological interventions in healthcare and Yoga is now practiced by tens of millions of people in the U.S.A. These practices have been examined in thousands of academic publications spanning neuroscience, psychology, medicine, sociology, and religious studies. While Mindfulness and Yoga have recently received widespread scientific and cultural attention, many rituals and practices from world religious traditions have remained underexplored in scholarly, scientific, and clinical contexts. This book brings more diverse rituals and practices into this academic discourse while providing a reference guide for clinicians and students of the topic.


Beyond Yoga Meditation and Prayer Positive Psychology Psychology of Religion Psychology of Spirituality Religious Rituals Religious Practice Stress Reduction Practices Spiritual Practice Yoga and Mindfulness

Editors and affiliations

  • David Bryce Yaden
    • 1
  • Yukun Zhao
    • 2
  • Kaiping Peng
    • 3
  • Andrew B. Newberg
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyThe University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  4. 4.Marcus Institute of Integrative HealthThomas Jefferson University and HospitalPhiladelphiaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-27952-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-27953-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2627-6011
  • Series Online ISSN 2627-602X
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