Kingfisher Book of Religions: Festivals, Ceremonies, and Beliefs from Around the World

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The Kingfisher Book of Religions is a comprehensive, up-to-date reference that will help children understand the role played by religion in today's multi-cultural society, and explain its influence on world events and history. Special focus on the role religion plays in children's lives. Richly illustrated with full-color photographs, maps, and artwork, and accompanied by an engaging and informative text, The Kingfisher Book of Religions brings to life the cultures of the world's major faiths. From the ritual ...
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Thoughtfully arranged in short chapters and brightly illustrated with sharp, full-color photographs and reproductions, this attractive book encourages browsing. While ancient and ... "modern-day" religions receive only a single chapter each, the major religions are treated in greater depth, with only Shinto, Jainism, and the "Chinese religions" receiving short shrift. The three major "Western" religions-Judaism, Christianity, and Islam-together account for nearly half of the book. This cluster includes an introduction to each religion as well as special focus on such topics as "The Torah," "The Trinity," "The Koran," and other important aspects of these faiths. The great religions of India-Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism-likewise form another cluster. Overall the presentation is evenhanded and positive.<P><B> One exception, however, is Barnes's characterization of the Ten Commandments as "basic principles that even non-Jewish societies should follow for their own good." Whether or not this comment was directed at the current political volley over the public posting of the Commandments, it is likely to offend anyone who does not worship Yahweh or keep the Sabbath. Nevertheless, this resource is a worthwhile addition. The book jacket states that this guide to world religions focuses "particularly on how they affect the lives of the children who practice them today." However, though there are scattered photographs of children participating in religious activities, children are not particularly emphasized in the text. The format and layout, in a style familiar from DK's Eyewitness series, is attractive and enticing, with each religion presented in a two-page spread and at least one full-color illustration per page. There are 12 chapters, each covering a different theme ("Ancient Religions," "Chinese Religions,") or tradition (Shinto, Christianity, Islam). Within chapters, arrangement is topical. Among the topics are "Hindu Gods and Goddesses," "Life in a Buddhist Monastery," "The Jewish Calendar," and "Islamic Law and S Read more Show Less

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Overview

The Kingfisher Book of Religions is a comprehensive, up-to-date reference that will help children understand the role played by religion in today's multi-cultural society, and explain its influence on world events and history. Special focus on the role religion plays in children's lives. Richly illustrated with full-color photographs, maps, and artwork, and accompanied by an engaging and informative text, The Kingfisher Book of Religions brings to life the cultures of the world's major faiths. From the ritual shaving of the heads of young Buddhist monks in Burma to the Whirling Dervishes of Turkish Sufism, The Kingfisher Book of Religions offers a wide-ranging view of not only the major world religions, but also many less well-known belief systems, past and present. Special Features: Illustrated features highlight festivals, customs, ceremonies, traditions, and clothing. Easy-to-understand articles discuss the various faiths, religious founders, rites, and rituals. Glossary andc omprehensive index.

Explains the origins, development, beliefs, festivals, and ceremonies of various world faiths and where they are practiced, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and traditional religions of Australian aborigines and Native Americans.

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With a special focus on the roles played by children in their faiths, Barnes offers us an encyclopedic look at a number of the world's religions, ancient and modern, traditional and evolving. A timeline, map, and glossary are useful tools to compare and contrast the faiths included here. Carefully researched, with attention to the changing nature of historical discussion of comparative religions, the book is infused with the idea that there is much to be learned and respected in all these diverse ways of regarding divinity. 1999, Kingfisher, Ages 8 to 12, $22.95. Reviewer: Uma Krishnaswami
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Gr 4-9-Thoughtfully arranged in short chapters and brightly illustrated with sharp, full-color photographs and reproductions, this attractive book encourages browsing. While ancient and "modern-day" religions receive only a single chapter each, the major religions are treated in greater depth, with only Shinto, Jainism, and the "Chinese religions" receiving short shrift. The three major "Western" religions-Judaism, Christianity, and Islam-together account for nearly half of the book. This cluster includes an introduction to each religion as well as special focus on such topics as "The Torah," "The Trinity," "The Koran," and other important aspects of these faiths. The great religions of India-Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism-likewise form another cluster. There are a few errors or misstatements, such as that Joshua was Moses's brother and that the hijra took place in 1622 (rather than in 622), but overall the presentation is evenhanded and positive. One exception, however, is Barnes's characterization of the Ten Commandments as "basic principles that even non-Jewish societies should follow for their own good." Whether or not this comment was directed at the current political volley over the public posting of the Commandments, it is likely to offend anyone who does not worship Yahweh or keep the Sabbath. Nevertheless, this resource is a worthwhile addition.-Coop Renner, Moreno Elementary School, El Paso, TX Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753451991
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Series: Kingfisher Book of Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.39 (w) x 11.35 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Trevor Barnes is an award winning presenter of many BBC Television documentaries on the subject of religion, as well as BBC World Service news broadcasts, radio shows, and live chat shows. He is also the author of several books including Archaeology in the Kingfisher Knowledge series, The Wounded City, a book about the people of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and a biography of Terry Waite, Man With A Mission.
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