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The Bible

The Holy Bible is the sacred text of Christianity, considered by most Christians to be scriptural canon and the word of God. The volume is a compilation of ancient texts written by Semitic peoples up through the 1st century CE. The word "Bible," which means "books," is derived from Býblos, a port city in Phoenicia (modern-day Lebanon) where papyrus was prepared and exported. The Bible is an account and explanation of God's covenant with his chosen people, detailed in sermons, revelations and w

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Overview

Chinese Folk Religion Overview

Chinese folk religion is an unsystematic and ritualistic system of deity worship and ancestor reverence. It draws on traditional belief systems and ideologies of China and varies widely from one location to another. A drawing of the god Pangu, who is regarded as the first living being in Chinese mythology Much of what is today considered Chinese folk religion has evolved from aspects of traditional Chinese religion, Daoism, and East Asian forms of Buddhism. The main element of Chinese fo

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Holidays

Unduvap Poya

Unduvap Poya––also known as Sanghamittha Day––commemorates the arrival of a bodhi tree sapling to Sri Lanka and its subsequent planting. The transmission of the sapling is attributed to a nun named Sanghamittha. Unduvap Poya is celebrated during the full moon in December Although celebrated at different times, the events celebrated on Unduvap Poya are related to those events celebrated at Poson Poya. While the celebration of Poson Poya commemorates the transmission of Buddhism to Sr

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King David
Biographies

King David

King David (c. 1040 – 970 BCE), who ruled over the Kingdom of Israel (c. 1003 – 970 BCE), is an important figure in the religious traditions of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism as well as an important historical figure. He is considered to be a prophet, gifted musician, poet, and model ruler. The majority of information available about David is found in the Hebrew Bible, particularly in the Books of Samuel, 1 Kings, and 1 Chronicles, and the Quran. The youngest son of Jesse and a shepherd of t

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Shrine Shinto
Denominations

Shrine Shinto

Shrine Shinto has no founder and did not originate as a denomination of Shinto. Rather, it was a series of beliefs and practices that remained after the nationalistic elements of State Shinto were purged in the aftermath of World War II. It has also been described as an institutionalization of State Shinto. Shrine Shinto was promoted as a non-religious belief system, even though it certainly contained spiritual elements. Being a Shinto adherent served instead as a civil responsibility of Japane

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