The Atlas of World Religions

The Atlas of World Religions

by Anita Ganeri, Paola Ravaglia, Ivan Stalio Studio Staff
     
 

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In this volume, the focus turns to the religions of the world, highlighting the religious practices and traditions from Eastern and Western cultures. Although intended for children 10 and up, adult readers will also find that this book offers a comprehensive and compelling introduction to world religions and the roles they play in daily life. The content includes

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In this volume, the focus turns to the religions of the world, highlighting the religious practices and traditions from Eastern and Western cultures. Although intended for children 10 and up, adult readers will also find that this book offers a comprehensive and compelling introduction to world religions and the roles they play in daily life. The content includes the story of the major international faiths, with information on their beginnings, history, gods, goddesses, prophets and key figures, and basic beliefs, as well as their various divisions, sects, and followers today.

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Children's Literature
Tracing the history and spread of the world's religions in this oversized, richly illustrated volume, Ganeri offers up a sampler of diversity in practice, philosophy and ritual. A simple introduction prepares the young reader for the many paths depicted in the book, along with their symbols, beliefs and the wide range of relationships between states and religions in the world. Ancient as well as contemporary faiths are presented here, in chapters that underline the complexity of human attempts to define the universe in terms of the divine. A particularly interesting section introduces modern emerging belief systems and religious movements both regional (such as Rastafarianism and Falun Gong) and global (such as televangelism or Baha'ism). A concluding section examines issues of both shared beliefs among religions and deadly conflicts that have racked the world in the name of faith. Index and maps included. 2002, Peter Bedrick Books, $19.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Uma Krishnaswami
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 6-10-A colorful smorgasbord of illustrations enlivens a serious subject. Sharply outlined against a white background, maps and photos and illustrations of worshipers and sacred objects accompany captions and short, headlined paragraphs of information. Ganeri's slender volume assigns up to four pages to each faith or major religion beginning with "Mesopotamian and Egyptian Religions." Most sections feature a boxed summary of the religion's origins, general beliefs, number of current adherents, and the titles of its sacred texts. Special two-page sections highlighting commonalities and differences include "Religious Feast Days," "Priests and Priestesses," "Sacred Texts," "Art and Religion," "Holy Places," "Forms of Worship," and "Tolerance and Intolerance." Various aspects presented in nuggets of text may make it difficult to assemble a complete picture of any one religion. Similar in scope, but offering information in more cohesive blocks is Trevor Barnes's The Kingfisher Book of Religions (1999), generously illustrated with large, dramatic photographs. Elizabeth Breuilly's Religions of the World (Facts On File, 1997) is equally information rich with plentiful pictures. Ganeri's Atlas does not include a glossary as the other two do, or even a bibliography.-Ann G. Brouse, Steele Memorial Library, Elmira, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780872266919
Publisher:
School Specialty Publishing
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Series:
Atlas Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 13.40(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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