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Refers to any set of beliefs of any community or nation, concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of life and the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a supernatural or divine agency.

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A symbol of a snake curled around in a circle and biting its own tail. It is originally ancient Egyptian iconography but also appears in a similar form in Hinduism and African ...


Religion; General religion

Structure upon which offerings such as sacrifices and votive offerings are made for religious purposes, or some other sacred place where ceremonies take place. Altars are usually ...

sun yoga

Religion; General religion

A type of meditation wherein a yogi directs his attention to the sun.

book of hours

Religion; General religion

A medieval prayer book used by laymen for private devotion, containing prayers or meditations appropriate to certain hours of the day, days of the week, months, or seasons.


Religion; General religion

Laity refers to a body of worshipers, not including those part of the clergy.


Religion; General religion

Tonsure is the act of cutting or shaving off all or part of the hair on the head, done especially as a religious rite or custom.

Holy Sepulcher

Religion; General religion

The Holy Sepulcher, located in Jerusalem is also known as the Sacred Tomb. In Arabic, it is called Al-Qeyamah, which means "the resurrection". It is the most important shrine ...