Illustrated Guide to World Religions

Illustrated Guide to World Religions

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ISBN-10:
019521997X
ISBN-13:
9780195219975
Pub. Date:
12/28/2003
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
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Illustrated Guide to World Religions

Graced with rich illustrations and written by a team of eminent scholars, The Illustrated Guide to World Religions presents a wealth of information on faiths around the world.
Each chapter in this volume examines one of seven major world religions—from Judaism to Christianity and from Islam to Buddhism—and contains information about its holidays and festivities, key historical and mythological figures, architectural styles, calendars, language, and important texts. The book deals with such issues as the afterlife, the role of women, the importance of saints, and the quest for higher wisdom. We discover, for instance, that Pure Land Buddhism—found mainly in China, Japan, and Tibet—holds that meditation on a particular deity at the moment of death will help insure rebirth into that deity's celestial domain. In Judaism, on the other hand, the concept of an afterlife has never played a central role. Uniquely organized in a manner that encourages comparative analysis, the book's lavish full-color art, maps, and photographs all focus on faith in practice, in both elaborate ritual and everyday life.
Religion continues to be a monumental force in a rapidly changing world. Whether tracing the origins of your own faith or attempting to satisfy a curiosity about religious practices an ocean away, The Illustrated Guide to World Religions will be a fascinating and indispensable guide to the complexity of the world's living religions.

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ISBN-13: 9780195219975
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 12/28/2003
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.30(d)

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