the belief that inanimate objects, such as hills, trees, rocks, rivers, and other elements of natural landscape, possess souls and can help or hinder human efforts on Earth
Religions that believe and worship one God
Belief system in which multiple deities are revered as creators and arbiters of all that exists in the universe.
A religion with a relatively concentrated spatial distribution whose principles are likely to be based on the physical characteristics of the particular location in which its adherents are concentrated.
Religion that attempts to appeal to all people, not just those who live in a particular location
Separate religions that combine into a new religion; often borrow from the past and the present.
A religion that has originality and is not modernized
The view that the present well-being of mankind should predominate over religious considerations in civil or public affairs.
System in India that gives every Indian a particular place in the social hierarchy from birth. Individuals may improve the position they inherit in the caste system in their next life through their actions, or karma. After many lives of good karma, they may be relieved from cycle of life and win their place in heaven.
Lowest class of people in the caste system of Hinduism, do all the dirty work of society
In Hindu belief, all the actions that affect a person's fate in the next life
The Hindu or Buddhist doctrine that person may be reborn successively into one of five classes of living beings (god or human or animal or hungry ghost or denizen of hell) depending on the person's own actions
In Hinduism he was the universal soul, and in the trinity of gods in Hinduism he was the Creator
A worldwide movement, originating in the 19th century that sought to establish and develop a Jewish nation in Palestine. Since 1948, its function has been to support the state of Israel.
the dispersion of the Jews outside Israel
One of the two main ethnic groups within the Jewish culture. This branch eventually settled in Central Europe after having been driven out of Jerusalem early in the first millenium A.D
Cultural tradition made up of descendants of Jews who moved to Spain and Potugal in Western Europe
A member of the branch of Islam that regards Ali as the legitimate successor to Mohammed and rejects the first three caliphs
A member of the branch of Islam that accepts the first four caliphs as rightful successors to Muhammad
Religious movement whose objectives are to return to the foundations of the faith and to influence state policy
The boundaries between the world's major faiths.
The boundaries within a major religion.
A holy struggle or striving by a Muslim for a moral or spiritual or political goal
Sharia religious law
Islamic Law: based on varying degrees of interpretation on the Qu'ran
Process in which more powerful ethnic group forcibly removes a less powerful one in order to create an ethnically homogeneous region
The classification of being male or female
A statutory right or privilege granted to a person or group by a government (especially the rights of citizenship and the right to vote)
The gap between the life expectancy of men and women
Maternal mortality rate
Number of deaths per thousand of women giving birth.
The intentional killing of baby girls due to the preference for male babies and from the low value associated with the birth of females
In the context of arranged marriages in India, disputes over the price to be paid by the family of the bride to the father of the groom have, in some extreme cases, led to the death of a bride.
Female genitalia mutilation
Complete or partial removal of the clitora on girls under the age of eleven.