things, such as praying
, in public
for the sole
purpose of being seen
doing so. Often done in highly religious and conservative
areas, commonly in groups
, to gain
standing in the community
Often done in groups as a way to check up on the others, make sure they still believe as the majority does, and as a way of keeping power and controlling.
Religion is, or at least should be, a personal thing, and piety in public is never truly about religion.
Quite common in the United States, especially in small towns, mainly by Christians, which is odd, because the Bible tells people that they should be in private when praying - See Matthew 6:5-6.