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A focus on festivals provides an appealing entry into the subject of world religions. The religions featured, with lots of color photos of the festivals, are Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism, Shintoism, Jainism, Bahaism, and Rastafarianism. Two of the authors hold master's degrees in theology; the text was edited by Martin Marty, who teaches history of modern Christianity at the U. of Chicago. Annotation c. Book News, Inc.,Portland, OR
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Gr 6 Up-A unique approach to holidays, organized by religion rather than alphabet, marks this thoughtful reference book. The introduction relates world festivals to the universal human search for meaning, and offers thematic relationships between seemingly disparate events. Context is key here, whether in the color-coded maps offering information about religious populations or in the introductions to each section describing the religious beliefs and history of each group. Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist festivals receive the most coverage, though Sikh, Taoist, Zoroastrian, Shinto, Jain, Baha'i, and Rastafarian festivals are also covered. Beautiful full-color photographs, diagrams, and maps bring the celebrations to life, and informative text boxes offer additional facts about related foods, games, and chants. With its global view of world festivals and religions, this book deserves to be in every reference collection.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816044818
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Illustrated Guide to Customs and Beliefs Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.74 (w) x 11.38 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Feasting, Fasting and Fun 6
The Themes of Life 8
Counting the Days 10
Calendars Around the World 12
Evolution, Adaptation and Change 14
Map of Religions 16
Jewish Festivals 18
Christian Festivals 40
Muslim Festivals 66
Hindu Festivals 80
Buddhist Festivals 104
Sikh Festivals 130
Taoist Festivals 138
Zoroastrian Festivals 144
Shinto Festivals 146
Jain Festivals 148
Baha'i Festivals 150
Rastafarian Festivals 152
Festivals in the Future 154
Glossary of Terms 155
Further Reading and Websites 157
Index 158
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