What functions religion may have?
The fist theory assert that the Religion supplements mutual relations , so that it can give society an order. It means that Religion is the installation that balances society.
Can you think of other example in how religion can be used to control people?
I think religion suppresses the masses. Religion has many creeds. It forces people what to do and not to do. This makes the society apply a uniform standard. As an example i would like to say RAMADAN.
RAMADAN means hot month in arabian language.
This month is the day that the great angel Gabriel taught Koran to mohammed. So all the muslims have to fast, and they have to pray 5times a day. The intersting thing is that there is an misunderstanding about Ramadan. Which is that this month is not only forces people not to eat food.It also forces people not to drink water, smoke, or having sex.
I think this Ramadan ceremony shows most effective control over people.