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Home shrines in Britain and associated spiritual values

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In a quantitative survey of religious attitudes and practices in a multi-religious sample of 369 school pupils aged between 13 and 15 in London, the presence of a home shrine was found widespread in 11% of adolescents spanning several religious affiliations and ethnicities - especially Buddhists, Hindus and those of Indian, Chinese and 'Other Asian' ethnicity. Having a home shrine correlated significantly with spiritual attitudes such as agreement with filial piety, the Eightfold Path, subjectivity of happiness, meditation, Sikh festivals, reincarnation and opening Gurdwaras to all. It is suggested that teachers and the social services should be aware of the importance of shrines to many religious communities and recognise their potential as a spiritual asset and manifestation of religion outside the congregational place of worship.
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Keywords: adolescents; home shrines; spiritual attitudes

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

Publication date: December 1, 2010

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