Do extreme religious rituals positively affect the wellbeing of ritual practitioners?
One of the possible explanations for the existence of extreme religious rituals is their positive effect on the wellbeing of the devotees participating in such rituals. Together with the team of our colleagues, we tried to find out whether this is indeed the case.
In doing that, we have decided to focus on the Thaipusam Kavadi ritual held annually by the local Hindu community in Mauritius. In this ritual, the extremeness stems from the practice of devotees piercing their skin with various objects. Utilizing the longitudinal monitoring of various health-related indicators (both objective and subjective in nature), we were able to show that this ritual really has such a positive effect on the psychological well-being of devotees.
You can find the article here: https://bit.ly/2pCcWTk
Our Ph.D. students received a grant from the Development Fund of Masaryk University
They will use the money to create a new and innovative course in which they will focus on the evolution of human cooperation and the role that religion played in this process.
Jan Horský won the second place in the student poster competition
Jan was awarded at the conference PTNCE 2019 held in Prague with a large LEVYNA presence.
Martin Lang is this year’s recipient of the IAPR’s Early Career Award
Martin was awarded the prize at the bi-annual conference of the International Association for the Psychology of Religion (IAPR). On this occasion, he also delivered the invited lecture “Religions as complex adaptive systems: The evolutionary paths of religious beliefs and behaviors.”
How to integrate the sciences and humanities in the study of religion?
Martin Lang and Radek Kundt provide their answer in a new piece published in the journal Method & Theory in the Study of Religion.