Sacred East: Understanding Eastern Religions

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The Sacred East illuminates the main philosophies and religions of Asia and explores the Hindu traditions of India, the richly varied Buddhist faith, the Confucian and Daoist beliefs of China, and the Shinto religion of Japan. Clearly written and illustrated with full-color images, the book traces these ancient and enduring beliefs from their historical or mythical origins to the forms in which they exist today.
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This book is a uniquely accessible and penetrating guide to the major spiritual and philosophical traditions of Asia, from the Hindu beliefs of India to the Shinto religion of ... Japan. It includes more than 100 full-color illustrations and photographs of sacred art, architecture, symbols, landscapes, ceremonies and festivals. It illuminates the many profound ideas from the East that have entered the spiritual vocabulary of the West, including mediatation, karma, and enlightenment. This volume describes and explains the religious practices of the Eastern world, from sacred ceremonies to individual acts of faith, and places beliefs and rituals in the social and historical concepts in which they developed. Also included are specially-commissioned full-color maps through which the extend and spread of traditions are seen. This softcover book includes end flaps front and back. Includes a glossary, further reading and an index. Read more Show Less

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The Sacred East illuminates the main philosophies and religions of Asia and explores the Hindu traditions of India, the richly varied Buddhist faith, the Confucian and Daoist beliefs of China, and the Shinto religion of Japan. Clearly written and illustrated with full-color images, the book traces these ancient and enduring beliefs from their historical or mythical origins to the forms in which they exist today.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780007680009
  • Publisher: Thorsons/Element
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 10.84 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Hinduism
Buddhism
Confucianism
Taoism
Shinto
Glossary
Further Reading
Index
Picture Credits
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