Mormonism Overview

The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, commonly known as "Mormonism," was founded in 1830, by Joseph Smith, Jr. (1805-1844). Smith founded the Latter-day Saints (LDS) Church after he was unable to determine which Christian church was true. According to LDS scripture, he prayed for guidance in 1820 and was then visited by God the Father and Jesus Christ, who were said to have appeared to him to declare that no church held the entire truth and that he would lead a restoration of the

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The Nakatomi Harae Kunge

While it contains a number of Buddhist elements, the Nakatomi Harae Kunge is an exceptionally important text in the history of medieval Shinto. Its colophon In this usage, a colophon as an inscription at the end of a premodern manuscript that provides information such as its title, author, and/or the date in which it was compiled. If the manuscript is a copy of an original, it may instead include the date when it was copied. states that it was first copied in 1191 CE, but it is now widely

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Buddhist Symbols

The Buddhist religion—like many others—is represented by a wide variety of symbolism.  Several of these symbols were created in order to remind followers of Siddhartha Gautama (c. 6th-4th centuries BCE), commonly known as the Buddha.  Until the 1st century BCE, statues and icons of the Buddha were heavily discouraged; only symbols could be used to represent him.  Additionally, several Buddhist symbols represent Buddhist concepts and doctrines. The symbol “Om” was inherited fr

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Good Friday

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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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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