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a system of beliefs and prectices that attempts to order life in terms of culturally percieved ultimate priorities
centered on the belief that inanimate objects possess spirits and should therefore be revered
actively seek converts because they view themselves as offering belief systems of universal appropriateness and appeal
-one of the oldest religions in the modern world
-no single founder or theology
-based on ancient practices in indus river valley
-ancient practices include ritual bathing and belief in reincarnation
locks people into particular social classes and imposes many restrictions (Dalist- lowest in Hinduism)
-splintered off of Hinduism
-Prince Siddhartha found enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree
-don't believe in caste system
-Lao-Tsu- The Book of the Way
-harmony with nature
-no government is the best government
-don't go to school- just humans and nature
art and science of organizing living spaces in order to channel the life forces that exist in nature in favorable ways
-philosophy of life
-based on Confucius' teachings
-human virtues and abilities should determine position in society
rooted in the belief that Jews should not be absorbed into other societies - idea of a homeland for the Jews
-traced back to Muhammad
-spoke verses of the Qu'ran
-follow five pillars of islam
-only Allah is pure
Islamics- believe in the effectiveness of family and community when solving problems (majority)
when adherents voluntarily travel to a religious site to pay respects or participate in a ritual at the site
religious leaders and millions of their followers are seeking to return to the basics of their faith
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