Denominations

Sunni Islam

Sunni Islam comprises the largest distinct branch within Islam, and, when classified as a distinct religious denomination, is one of the largest in the world. Some consider Sunnism to be the largest religious denomination, though accurate data that distinguish between Sunnis and Shi'a have been traditionally difficult to obtain. Still, overall numbers for worldwide Sunnis are generally accepted as reliable estimates. A 16th century painting depicts Abu Bakr stopping a Meccan mob

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Beliefs

Tathagata Garbha

The Mahayana doctrine of Tathagata Garbha  describes the notion that each sentient being has the virtue, wisdom, and inner capacity to become a buddha from the moment of its births.  However, these pure elements are clouded by defilements that must be removed as one ventures along the Buddhist path.  This doctrine may be dated to about the 3rd century CE.  This teaching was not popular enough in India to be championed by any particular Buddhist school, but it became extremel

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Biographies

Hindu Deities

From earliest antiquity, there were two types of Hindu gods. The primary deities were known as devas . They are often depicted as being opposed to another race of gods known as asuras , with whom they fought frequently. According to Hindu mythology, the asuras were never completely defeated by the devas and thus, even in modern times, both devas and asuras are still worshiped. Ganesha, the elephant headed god Prominent Hindu deities widely worshiped in modern times include—but are not

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The Hotsuma Tsutae
Texts

The Hotsuma Tsutae

The Hotsuma Tsutae represents an interesting phenomenon in Japanese literature. The text itself is an epic poem, Regardless of the authenticity of the text, it is notable that the Hotsuma Tsutae is actually the oldest epic poem to be composed in Japan. written in a foreign but now-deciphered script that seems to appear nowhere else in the world. This circular diagram is known as the Futomani Divining Chart. Each of the forty-eight characters in the Hotsuma Tsutae script (as well as t

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Good Friday
Holidays

Good Friday

Good Friday always falls on the Friday before Easter, a commemoration of Jesus’s death, which is commonly believed to have transpired on a Friday . The name might be a mistranslation of Gute Freitag, which is German for "God's Friday." It is also called "Great Friday," "Holy Friday," "Long Friday," or "Sorrowful Friday" in some cultures and churches. Jesus’s crucifixion is depicted in this 1840’s drawing by F. Felsing. Good Friday commemorates this important Christian event Good Friday c

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