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The ordinary people relate to divinity and the sacred through the means provided by the religion.

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    Please don't edit a question to make it about something completely different; especially after somebody has already answered it. If you have a new question to ask, ask a new question.
    – Colin Fine
    Commented Sep 7, 2020 at 14:08
  • And to answer your edited question: it has no literal meaning, but it is a very obvious metaphor.
    – Colin Fine
    Commented Sep 7, 2020 at 14:10

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Relate in this context means to identify with.

Meaning: Through religion, ordinary people can identify with the sacred and divinity.

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