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Spirituality

  • By: Guerda Nicolas, Diana Gonzalez-Eastep & Angela DeSilva
  • In: Encyclopedia of Multicultural Psychology
  • Edited by: Yo Jackson
  • Subject:Multi-Cultural Counseling, Ethnic Studies, Cross-Cultural Psychology
Spirituality and Ethnic Minorities

Although the terms religion and spirituality are frequently used interchangeably, for many people they hold different meanings. Religion, which is often associated with an organized group, is defined as a specific set of beliefs and practices. Religion stipulates formalized behavioral patterns, practices, and expressions that provide a social identity. Spirituality is commonly defined as the animating forces of life, which are represented by such images as breath, wind, vigor, or courage, or the infusion or drawing out of spirit in one's life. Spirituality is also described as a capacity and tendency that is innate and unique to all persons. Thus, spirituality is more of a personal experience that can be obtained through different paths, both inside and outside formal religion.

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