World Religionsbrings together all the important religions of the world, both past and present. Not only does it explain the nature and forms of worship in different societies, it also seeks to present each religion in the context of its social and historical background. There are many common themes in religion as all nations and peoples must have common preoccupations---but as myths and beliefs have spread from one country to another over the centuries the forms of worship have taken on their own individual characteristics to meet the needs of existing social structures.
World Religionsis broad in scope: it provides articles on all the major religions with reference to the minor and ancient ones. Each section has been written by an expert in his or her own particular field, and the many carefully chosen illustrations will help the reader to understand the wide diversity of rituals and practices.