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is to formally praise, honour, and declare one's devotion to a supernatural
being, typically a god
. Typical acts of worship include:
and Eastern Orthodoxy
distinguish between worship
, Greek latreia [λατρεια]
) which is due to God alone, and veneration
, Greek dulia [δουλεια]
), which may be lawfully offered to the saints
. The external acts of veneration resemble those of worship, but differ in their object and intent. Protestant Christians question whether such a distinction is always maintained in actual devotional practice, especially at the level of folk religion
hold that for all practical purposes veneration should be considered the same as prayer; Judaism, Islam, and Protestantism
forbid veneration of saints or angels
, classifying these actions as akin to idolatry
In a figurative sense, worship of monarchs, lords, or lovers has a long history.
See Prayer; Goddess worship; dog worship; ancestor worship; demon worship; idol worship; imperial cult