Religious Holidays and Calendars: An Encyclopedic Handbook / Edition 3

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Arrangement of material in this reference is in three sections: the history of calendars--the basics, the history, and calendar reform; calendars and holidays for religious groups (including info on some 20 major religions); and appendices (resources, chronology, bibliography) and indices (by holiday and calendar, as well as a master index). The new edition (previous: 1998) incorporates 100 new entries descibing holidays not previously covered, for a total of some 500; some new illustrations (b&w); and expansion of information on Christianity into three chapters on Roman Catholic and Protestant, Orthodox, and non-Trinitarian and non-traditional. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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For this third edition of a library staple, Bellenir, editor of several health sourcebooks, considerably updates, expands, and refines the information from the last edition, now seven years old. Some 100 entries have been added, bringing the total number of described feasts, festivals, and holy days to about 500. Yom Kippur, St. Patrick's Day, Walpurgis Night, and the Hollyhock Festival are just a sampling of the events covered in the succinctly written entries, which are grouped into 17 religion-specific chapters. Each offers a general overview of the faith, a detailed statement about the calendar, and the key holidays celebrated by its adherents. Several black-and-white illustrations accompany the resource. Many tables, set off in gray boxes, elaborate on various rituals, practices, and customs of the ancient and evolving religious traditions. Major Eastern and Western traditions are equally represented and respectfully treated owing to the influence of an international review board of religious experts and practitioners. The book provides considerable discussion of the history of calculating time and the evolution of sacred calendars. Completing this handbook are three helpful appendixes (which suggest helpful Internet sites), a topically arranged bibliography, and a five-year (2004-08) chronological listing of the holidays described. Fully indexed for convenience and accessibility, this valuable reference is recommended for larger public and academic libraries wanting to update an aging title. John-Leonard Berg, Univ. of Wisconsin Lib., Platteville Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780780806658
  • Publisher: Omnigraphics, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 406
  • Product dimensions: 8.64 (w) x 11.34 (h) x 1.48 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The history of calendars
Ch. 1 Basic questions all calendars must answer 3
Ch. 2 The history of lunar and lunisolar calendars 11
Ch. 3 The history of solar calendars 27
Ch. 4 Calendar reform since the mid-eighteenth century 35
Pt. 2 Calendars and holidays for religious groups
Ch. 5 Judaism 41
Ch. 6 Zoroastrianism 59
Ch. 7 Christianity : Roman Catholic and Protestant expressions 71
Ch. 8 Christianity : orthodox expressions 107
Ch. 9 Christianity : non-Trinitarian and non-traditional expressions 125
Ch. 10 Islam 135
Ch. 11 The Baha'i faith 151
Ch. 12 Hinduism 159
Ch. 13 Jainism 191
Ch. 14 Sikhism 197
Ch. 15 Buddhism 207
Ch. 16 Taoism, Confucianism, and Chinese folk religions 223
Ch. 17 Shinto 237
Ch. 18 Native American religions 245
Ch. 19 Paganism 261
Ch. 20 Western African religions and their new world expressions 277
Ch. 21 Ancient wisdom, metaphysical, and other faith communities 289
Pt. 3 Appendices and indexes
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