Religions of the World: The Illustrated Guide to Origins, Beliefs, Traditions and Festivals

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Religions of the World looks at the key issues of faith as it exists today. It includes features on beliefs, traditions, festivals, and practices of the major faiths, and also looks at and discusses the differences within, as well as between, the faiths.
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Overview

Religions of the World looks at the key issues of faith as it exists today. It includes features on beliefs, traditions, festivals, and practices of the major faiths, and also looks at and discusses the differences within, as well as between, the faiths.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jeanne K. Pettenati
This comprehensive overview of world religions presents readers with a wonderful opportunity to learn about the history and current practices of ten different faiths. It also provides a summary of prehistoric and early historic religions and modern indigenous practices. The book is divided into three sections: the Abrahamic faiths, which include Judaism, Christianity and Islam; the Vedic faiths, which include Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism; and other major traditions, which include Shinto, Taoism, Sikhism and Baha'i. Appealing photographs and diagrams are found on each page of this well written book. They depict worshipers, places of worship, festivals, timelines, and customs for each religion. Adolescents who are beginning their religious studies as well as those who are more knowledgeable on the subject will enjoy looking at and learning from this book. It is suitable for high school social studies classes and should promote tolerance of religious diversity.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 UpThis superb overview of 10 major faiths is divided into three sections: the Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), the Vedic faiths (Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism), and the other major traditions (Shinto, Taoism, Sikhism, and Baha'i). The history, development, ways of worship, and celebrations are given for each. The material is particularly well arranged in a large, handsome format and lavishly illustrated with useful, full-color photographs, maps, charts, calendars, and drawings, all of which break up the text into readable blocks. Additional information is set apart in colored boxes to catch the eye and vary the presentation of the material. An excellent introduction, a foreword, and an afterword deal with a brief history of religion in general and comment on its probable future. The introduction also includes an outstanding chart that describes the traditions, holy places, and Scriptures of each major faith, all presented side by side for quick comparison. The writing is scholarly, lucid, and nonpartisan. There are a number of good books, many of which discuss a greater number of faiths, in this area, including Anita Ganeri's Religions Explained (Holt, 1997), Myrtle Langley's Religion (Knopf, 1996), Betsy Maestro's The Story of Religion (Clarion, 1996), William McElrath's Ways We Worship (Barron's, 1997), Lisa Sita's Worlds of Belief (Blackbirch, 1995), and Lynn Underwood's Religions of the World (Gareth Stevens, 1992; o.p.). However, none surpass Breuilly's work in thoroughness and clarity.Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA
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Describes the history, beliefs and practices of the world's major faiths. The authors discuss Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Shinto, Taoism, Sikhism, and Baha'i, covering such topics as key scriptures, the lifestyles of the devout, main varieties and divisions within the faith, and modern developments. They include numerous color photos of worshippers, as well as several maps, cutaway diagrams of places of worship, and calendar wheels that highlight special days and festivals. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816037230
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Series: Atlas Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.84 (w) x 11.36 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 5
The Abrahamic Faiths 23
Judaism 24
Christianity 42
Islam 66
The Vedic Faiths 85
Hinduism 89
Buddhism 106
Jainism: Origins and Development 122
Other Major Traditions 126
Shinto: Beliefs, History and Development 128
Taoism: The Tao - The Way of Heaven 132
Sikhism 138
Baha'i: Development of the Baha'i Faith 150
Faith in the Future 154
Glossary of Religious Terms 155
Selected Bibliography 157
Index 158
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