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the Shinto word for that invisible sacred quality that evokes wonder and awe in us, and also for the invisible spirits throughout nature that are born of this essence
Meiji restoration brought Emperor Meiji and an imperial state apparatus into power-- emphasis on worship of the emperor
coming to harmony with the kami; the "way or nature of the Kami--to bring our life into harmony with nature-- can be understand as Natural Religion
Zoroastrianism; six divine powers (The Good Mind, Righteousness, Absolute Power, Devotion, Perfection and Immortality) personified and worshipped as deities with shining eyes and beautiful forms (radiated from godhead) after Zarathustra's death
in traditional Islam, a traditional report about a reputed saying or action of the Prophet Muhammad; a body of literature that talks about words or actions of prophets
in Shi'ism, the title for the person carrying the initative tradition of the prophetic light, has both political and religious tradition
Adam originally worshipped here; the holiest sanctuary in Islam; Abraham and Isma'il built it together
tribe of priestly specialists in western Iran whose practices included magic and astrology; were involved in the transmission of Zoroastrianism
traditional Muslim educational institutions; typically teach a narrow version of Islam, ignoring its sophisticate cultural and scientific heritage and nuanced philosophy. Because some of these schools have been breeding grounds for militants, they are coming under closer scrutiny
The central Muslim expression of faith: "There is no god but God", and Muhammad is the messenger of God
The minority branch of Islam, which feels that Muhammad's legitimate successors were "Ali and a series of Imams"
A followerof the majority branch of Islam, which feels that successors to Muhammad are to be chosen by the Islam community
In Sikhism, the symbols worn by Khalsa members; unshorn hair, comb, sword, iron bracelet, drawstring underbreeches
believing and professing the unity of God & messengership of Muhammad; performance of a continual round of prayers (5 times a day); charity or almsgiving (zakat); fasting; pilgrimmage to Mecca
Guru Granth Sahib
last compilation of sacred scriptures of the Sikhs; what the Adi Granth is now called
written by Guru Gobind Singh, contain 199 verses, the second morning prayer; it names no prophets nor creates any religion, it just pays homage to God
An ascetic Sikh order; don't withdraw from the world but practice strict discipline and meditation while trying to serve the world
Zarathushtra's metric verses that are supposed to pay homage to the Supreme-only words the prophet that have been retained
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