Shania Twain

Religion, politics, and ideas ofShania Twain

Summary

Shania Twain followed the Sant Mat philosophy, which is big on meditation, with her first husband. But no news on whether or not she's still a follower.

She's claims to be non-political, but Democratic politicians and PETA are fans of hers.

Editorial

Shania Twain, whose given name is Eilleen Regina Edwards, was born in Windsor, Ontario and raised in Timmons, Ontario, with a brief stint in Toronto.

Twain grew up Christian,[1] but practiced a syncretic eastern philosophy called Sant Mat with her first husband.[2] The philosophy emphasizes meditation, yoga, non-violence, and eating a vegetarian diet–among other things.[3]

She kept her life very private during this time, so we don't know a whole lot about her spiritual practices. We know she's a vegetarian[4] and that she practices yoga,[5] but that's about it. Regardless of the details, she's obviously a spiritual person:

I'm always soul searching on a spiritual level. That's a permanent occupation of mine, I think, for the rest of my life.[6]

But Twain's been pretty pissed ever since her husband left her for her best friend, so there's at least a decent chance she ditched the philosophy with the man.

Politics for the non-political

Twain says she's not a political person, or at least she's tolerant of other viewpoints and wants to keep hers to herself:

I'm not the politician, and I just completely remove myself from that. I don't have anything against or for any particular person or point of view on politics. I have my own opinions, but my songs don't share them.[7]

That didn't stop both Hillary Clinton and Al Gore from using her song, "Rock This Country!" during their campaigns.[8] I guess they didn't care that she's a Canadian who lives in Switzerland.

Twain hasn't come out for or against hot political issues like gay marriage, but she did get a shout-out from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) for being one of their "Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities."[9]

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