This chapter examines gender differences in individual religious practices. Gender profoundly affects people's religion-as-lived because gender differentiation permeates so many aspects of life in most cultures. These include men's involvement in child rearing and creating artwork and women's role in breadwinning and warfare. The religious meanings attached to gendered bodies has been contested and one such meaning—gender hierarchy—has been deeply interwoven into most of the historically dominant, widespread religions.
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