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Living with Gods: Peoples, Places and Worlds Beyond at the British Museum

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Christian rosary, Designed by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co., Barcelona, Spain, 21st century. © The Trustees of the British Museum
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Examine the impact of religion on society past and present, from mystical tales to very real conflicts. Read More


Explore how religious beliefs have shaped the human world, from peaceful co-existence to conflict, with Living with Gods: Peoples, Places and Worlds Beyond at the British Museum.

Building on a series of 30 programmes on BBC Radio 4 by former British Museum director, Neil MacGregor, this ground-breaking exhibition answers key questions: from why many of us believe in gods, to how religion is expressed across the world, and the consequences of faith in both the modern world and historical times.

Delve into the sights and sounds of religion through everyday objects and special pieces, including an 18th-century replica of a Hindu ceremonial chariot, Soviet-rule posters about scientific atheism, and a Chinese Maoist badge. See how religion has caused conflict in the likes of 17th and 18th-century Japan, China, the Soviet Union and Europe. And learn about the mystical, physical and psychological triggers that cause many of us to believe in gods.

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