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World religions

Author: John Bowker
Publisher: New York : DK Pub., 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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World Religions is a refreshing new approach to understanding different faiths. Detailed annotations of stunning illustrations provide intriguing insights into the world's most important religions - offering a deeper appreciation of the beliefs central to each. World Religions looks at the beliefs and practices of many different religions, from the ancient Egyptians through to Zoroastrianism - the oldest "living"
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Handbooks and manuals
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Bowker
ISBN: 0789414392 9780789414397
OCLC Number: 35292806
Description: 200 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 36 cm
Contents: What is religion? : Author's preface --
Ancient religions. Introduction ; Egyptian religion ; Zoroastrianism ; Greek religion ; Roman religion ; Norse religion ; Celtic religion --
Hinduism. Introduction ; Origins of Hinduism ; Shiva the destroyer ; The mother goddess ; Vishnu the preserver ; Other gods ; Sacred texts ; Hindu worship ; Pilgrimages ; Routes to Moksha ; Festivals ; Truth and the universe --
Jainism. Introduction ; The five supreme beings ; The life of Mahavira ; Cosmology ; Asceticism ; Temple and image ; Worship --
Buddhism. Introduction ; The life of Buddha ; The Buddha image ; Stupas, temples, and relics ; Buddhist devotion ; Cosmology ; Texts and monasteries ; Celestial beings ; Chinese Buddhism ; Japanese Buddhism ; Tantric Buddhism --
Sikhism. Introduction ; The life of Guru Nanak ; The ten gurus ; The guru Granth Sahib ; The Golden Temple ; Special occasions --
Chinese religions. Introduction ; Confucianism ; The heavenly mandate ; Popular religion ; Religious Taoism ; Taoism: Body and mind --
Japanese religions. Introduction ; The origins of Shinto ; Addressing the gods ; Shrines and festivals ; Religious action ; New religions --
Judaism. Introduction ; The origins of Judaism ; The laws of God ; Waiting for the Messiah ; Jewish worship ; Studying the Torah ; The Kabbalah ; Divisions in Judaism ; Festivals ; Rites of passage ; Jerusalem: City of Zion ; The Holocaust --
Christianity. Introduction ; The Incarnation ; The life of Christ ; The Last Supper ; The Crucifixion ; The Resurrection ; Saints and martyrs ; The church ; The religious life ; The orthodox church ; The Reformation ; The Last Judgement --
Islam. Introduction ; No god but Allah ; The Prophet Muhammad ; The Qur'an ; The five pillars of Islam ; The Islamic state ; Sufi orders and beliefs ; Islam and science ; The mosque --
Native religions. Introduction ; Shamanism ; Myth and cosmos ; Forces of good and evil ; Rites of passage --
The golden rule --
Religious timeline and maps.
Responsibility: John Bowker.

Abstract:

World Religions is a refreshing new approach to understanding different faiths. Detailed annotations of stunning illustrations provide intriguing insights into the world's most important religions - offering a deeper appreciation of the beliefs central to each. World Religions looks at the beliefs and practices of many different religions, from the ancient Egyptians through to Zoroastrianism - the oldest "living" religion - and the great faiths practiced today. Each of.

The major faiths - Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Islam - is examined in detail through its sacred texts, epic imagery, key beliefs, and religious artifacts.

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