Harmony in Shinto

Harmony is a central belief in Shinto.  The power of the kami involves both a creative aspect and one of harmonizing nature and the community.  However, harmony is an element that humans are also meant to cultivate in their daily life by living properly and keeping true to one's role in society.  It refers to an ideal balance of nature and community. If each member of society performs his/her intended societal role, then the community can maintain a peaceful balance.  Ho

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Christian Symbols - The Cross

The most famous and arguably the most important symbol of Christianity is the cross. It represents the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ for the redemption of the world. Many variations of the symbol exist, but all include two beams intersecting perpendicularly. The symbol of the cross is found in paintings, statues, artifacts, jewelry, and more. Some Christians even use the cross in physical gestures, referred to as making the sign of the cross, for dedication or prayerful purposes. The cr

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Rama (occasionally known as Ramachandra) is very well known as the hero of the Indian epic, the Ramayana. He is perhaps the most celebrated figure in literature, art, and music throughout the Indian subcontinent. He is the archetype of virtue, reason, right action, and chivalry. He—like Krishna—is believed to be one of the major incarnations of the god Vishnu. Based on Rama's popularity, it is very possible that he may have been a historical figure such as a tribal hero. A wooden carving of

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Commentaries on The Tipitaka

Commentaries on the Tipitaka

According to Buddhist tradition, the Tipitaka and its commentary, the Atthakatha , were transmitted to Sri Lanka in writing by Indian Buddhist monks during the 3rd century CE. The extant version of the Atthakatha is most likely a revision of this original commentary. These companion texts are thought to comprise an explanation of Siddhartha Gautama’s original teachings; here, Gautama is depicted with his mother, Queen Maya During the 5th century CE, a man named Buddhaghosa composed a ha

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Al-Hijra marks the beginning of a new Islamic year. The first year of the Islamic calendar coincides with Muhammad’s pilgrimage from Mecca to Medina in 622 CE, and the Islamic New Year commemorates this event.

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