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VOYAPersons of different religious backgrounds coexist within the United States yet may know very little about their neighbors' beliefs. For those wanting to educate themselves about world religions but do not wishing to enroll in a university course, this book will be essential on their reading list. The authors divide their book into three areas-Abrahamic faiths, Vedic faiths, and other major traditions. The Abrahamic faiths include Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The Vedic faiths encompass Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. The segment on other major religions discusses Shinto, Taoism, Sikhism, and the Baha'i faiths. There are additional sections on ancient religious traditions as well as beliefs of indigenous people. This book expertly combines concise textual detail with the eye-catching photographic layout of a DK Eyewitness book. Colored inserts break up the text, making it less daunting. Maps detail areas where particular religions were previously dominant, and how those same areas may be different today based on factors such as missionization or diaspora. There is a calendar for each religious tradition and explanations of its year cycle. Especially helpful are flow charts of how parent religions splintered into separate denominations. In the spirit of diversity, the authors never portray any religion as having similar representation. For example, within the section on Christianity, they include photographs of motor bikers spreading the Gospel, Korean evangelicals at a revival, and singing African Catholic schoolchildren. This book will be a boon to any library's religion collection. 2005, Facts on File, 160p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Charts. Biblio., PLB . Ages 11 toAdult.