Islam Sects

Islam is divided into two major branches or sects, Sunni and Shi'a. Both trace their roots to the Prophet Muhammad; however, disagreement over the proper succession of leadership after the death of Muhammad led to their division. The term Sunni comes from the phrase, "people of the tradition and the community." The term Shi'a comes from the phrase, "party of 'Ali". Today, Sunni Muslims (also Sunnis) comprise 87-90% of the total Muslim population, with Shi'a Muslims (also Shi'ah) comprising the

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In some of the earliest Buddhist art, the enlightened Buddha is represented as a footprint, which is symbolic of the Buddha’s presence.  Like the stupa, footprints mark a place where the Buddha has been present and a physical trace of his existence lingers.  In addition, footprints project the notion of Buddhism as a way or path to nirvana. A large golden replica of the Buddha’s footprint

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Capernaum is located in Israel on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee and is believed to be the site of many episodes of Jesus Christ's ministry, as recorded in the New Testament. According to the Bible, Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem and was raised in Nazareth. However, when he announced his ministry in Nazareth, the people rejected him.2 Capernaum then became the center of his ministry, most likely because it had a centralized location and high population. Capernaum was founded afte

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Honji Suijaku?

Honji Suijaku

Honji suijaku is a phenomenon native to Japanese religion.  According to this ideology, the Japanese kami are actually lesser manifestations (or traces) of universal Buddhist deities.  The Japanese kami were thought to be imperfect forms assumed by Buddhist deities in order to help lead the Japanese people to salvation.  Each Shinto kami was correlated with a Buddhist deity of whom it was thought to be a manifestation. An artistic depiction of Shinto kami and their Buddhist

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Originally named Narendranath Datta, the man better known as Vivekananda was born on January 12, 1863 in Calcutta. Vivekananda was originally a member of the Brahmo Samaj, but eventually became a disciple and successor of Ramakrishna.  He is well known for being a Hindu spiritual and religious leader and reformer.  However, he is also renowned for being the first well-known missionary to bring Hinduism to the Western world. He established the Vedanta Society in New York City, which wa

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