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By Philip Wilkinson

This encyclopaedia includes every thing you want to learn about something to do with faith. From the secret of Mesopotamia to Zen Buddhism, get to the center of all of the significant faiths from world wide. observe the attitudes, beliefs, paintings and structure of Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

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B U D D H I S M The eye is drawn upwards to the eight discs that decorate the spire. Thai novice monk caring for a kitten THE RIGHT JOB Doi Suthep-Doi forest in Thailand is protected and cared for by Buddhist monks. Buddhists try to observe the Noble Eightfold Path in their livelihood, or work, just as they do in the rest of their lives. They avoid jobs that involve causing suffering to others, such as working as a butcher or trading in arms, and try to do work that benefits other living things.

These were composed by scholars and poets long ago and include texts on subjects such as ritual, law, and mythology, the two epics (pp. 38-41), and writings connected with the worship of deities such as Vishnu, Shiva, and the Great Goddess. The three white lines on this Brahmin boy’s forehead means he is a devotee of Shiva. READING AND WRITING The Hindu scriptures were originally transmitted by word of mouth from one priest to another. Eventually, they were written down in the ancient Sanskrit language (above) of India, and later they were printed.

Groom’s long shirt is called a kurta Part of the bride’s clothing is red; sometimes brides wear a red gown as well. No shoes are worn on the sacred ground beneath the mandapa. Incense is burned throughout the ceremony. THE CELEBRATIONS Once they have taken the “seven steps”, the couple are permanently married. They then make their vows, which include promises to be faithful and to care for one another. After concluding prayers for good fortune and peace, family and friends throw flowers and rice over the couple, to show that they wish them happiness and long life, and the celebrations begin.

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