Baha'i Overview

Baha’i, currently the eighth largest religion in the world, was founded in Iran by Mīrzā Ḥusayn ’Alī Nūrī (commonly known as Bahā’u’llāh).Also written "Bahā’ U’llāh," "Bahā’u’llāh" is the spelling preferred by the Bahā’ī International Community. Adherents, called Baha’is, declare that all prophets of older religions were agents of a divine plan. Bahā’u’llāh was the latest in that line, a manifestation of God who taught that, despite appearances of difference, all religions taught the same tr

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Adherents in Ayutthaya, Thailand, light candles around a Buddhist temple to celebrate Vesakha . Vesakha,This holiday is referred to as Vaisakha in Sanskrit. Both names refer to a month of the Hindu calendar in which this festival takes place commonly known as Vesak in Sri Lanka, is the most central of the Theravada Buddhist sacred days. It celebrates the birth of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, and also his attainment of nirvana. Finally, it celebrates his attainment of parinirvan

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'Aisha bint Abu Bakr

'Aisha bint Abu Bakr'Ā'ishah bint Abu Bakr (612-678 CE) is often considered Muhammad's favorite wife.In accordance with accepted cultural practice among Arab tribes, Muhammad practiced polygamy after the death of his first wife, Khadijah . She was the daughter of Abu Bakr, a close friend and important supporter of the Prophet, and her marriage to Muhammad at a young age served to fortify the alliance between the two men. Although ‘Aisha was accused of adultery during her marriage to Mu

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Ganges River

Ganges River

The Ganges River. Since the beginning of recorded history, the Indian people have considered rivers to be sacred. During Vedic times (c. 1200 – c. 100 BCE), the Indus River was revered as sacred. However, as the Vedic age declined, so did the popularity of the Indus River. The Hindu epicsThe two Hindu epics are the Ramayana and the Mahabharata These epics double as sacred texts within the Hindu tradition. While the former reached its final form during the 5th or 4th century BCE, the latte

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?Shinto and Japanese Culture

Shinto and Japanese Culture

Because it is native to Japan, the Shinto religion has always been inexorably connected to Japanese culture.  However, it is not simply a standard element of Japanese culture.  Rather, Shinto is primarily connected to the Japanese people themselves. A group of Japanese people perform a ritual purification before entering a Shinto shrine on New Years The majority of Japanese citizens do not consider themselves to be Shinto.  Often, they claim to practice no formal religion

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