the adoption of the behavior patterns of the surrounding culture
A life believed to follow death
one who believes that the existence of a god can be neither proven nor disproven
someone who denies the existence of god
(Judaism) an initiation ceremony marking the 13th birthday of a Jewish boy and signifying the beginning of religious responsibility
something held as true or real even if it cannot be proven
a set of rigid social categories in India that determined not only a person's occupation and economic potential, but also his or her position in society
a religion that developed out of Judaism which is based on the life and teachings of Jesus
a society with cities, a central government, job specialization, and social classes
a group of families who trace their roots to the same ancestor
a behavioral characteristic of a people, such as language, skill, or custom, passed from one generation to another
all the knowledge and values shared by a society. The way of life of a group of people
the problems and conflicts that occur when two cultures come into contact.
accepted or habitual practice
any supernatural being worshiped as controlling some part of the world or some aspect of life or who is the personification of a force; a god or goddess
In Hindu belief, a person's religious and moral duties; one's path in life.
a form of language spoken by people in a particular region or group
the variety of people in a group
System by which goods and services are produced and distributed to meet people's needs
people of the same race or nationality who share a distinctive culture
tendency to view one's own culture and group as superior to all other cultures and groups
a concept whose truth can be proved
traditional social customs
a clumsy social error; a faux pas; social blunder
Expectations about what is appropriate behavior for each sex.
the study of the earth's surface, climate, continents, countries, peoples, industries, and products.
a Hindu or Buddhist religious leader and spiritual teacher
A religion and philosophy developed in ancient India, characterized by a belief in reincarnation and a supreme being who takes many forms
An image used as an object of worship
the religious faith of Muslims, based on the words and religious system founded by the prophet Muhammad and taught by the Koran, the basic principle of which is absolute submission to a unique and personal god, Allah.
a teacher and prophet born in Bethlehem and active in Nazareth, Religious leader and founder of Christianity
the monotheistic religion of the Jews having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud
In Hindu and Buddhist belief, all the actions that affect a person's fate in the next life; one's deeds in life.
enforceable rules of conduct in a society
practice of quiet reflection to clear the mind and find inner peace
The Hindu concept of the spirit's 'liberation' from the endless cycle of rebirths.
belief in a single God
concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character based on those principles
accepted standards and customs of a social group; accepted rules of behavior.
the Arab prophet who founded Islam (570-632)
a strong feeling of pride in and devotion to one's country
an understood rule for accepted and expected behavior
a personal point of view
adhering to the traditional and established, especially in religion
A follower of a polytheistic religion in ancient times.
belief in multiple Gods
an unjustifiable attitude toward a group and its members
a religious teacher who is regarded as someone who speaks for God or for a god
people who are believed to belong to the same genetic stock
Belief that one racial group is superior to another
a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny
a ceremonial act; a customary procedure
The second part of the Christian Bible, containing descriptions of the life and teachings of Jesus and of his early followers
made or declared or believed to be holy
an important Hindu deity who in the trinity of gods was the Destroyer
A place of worship that is often dedicated to a sacred object or person
the way in which a society is organized into predictable relationships
the process of learning the rules of behavior of the culture within which an individual is born and will live
a generalized (sometimes accurate but often overgeneralized) belief about a group of people
a group that is part of the dominant culture but that differs from it in some important respects
philosophical system developed by of Lao-tzu and Chuang-tzu advocating a simple honest life and noninterference with the course of natural events
the holy book of Christianity
(Judaism) the scroll of parchment on which the first five books of the Hebrew Scripture is written
Holy book of Islam
customs or beliefs handed down from generation to generation
lowest class of people in the caste system of Hinduism, do all the dirty work of society