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Religion has an impact on my culture?

You probably know what your religion is. You probably also know many ways that religion affects your life. You might have to pray, take time to go worship, or participate in celebrations regarding your religion. But, did you know that religion affects almost everything you do? Sometimes other religions might even be affecting you. This doesn't mean you aren't true to your religion. It just means that as human civilization has evolved we've picked up traits from many religions and cultures that are in the food we eat, our media, and even our government. It's hard to get a grasp on exactly how these other religions and cultures are affecting us. I hope this smore helps.

Culture

To understand how religion affects culture, you must first understand culture itself. Culture is defined by the Merriam-Webster online dictionary as the beliefs, customs, arts, etc. of a particular society, group, time, or place. Culture is the full range of learned human behaviors. Culture is a powerful human tool and exists only in our minds. Our written languages, governments, buildings, and other man-made things are merely the products of culture. They are not culture in themselves. One type of culture is your specific society. For example if you are American, Japanese, or Italian. Another type is your subculture. In many parts of the world people retain the culture of where they came from. Subcultures in the United States might be African Americans or Mexican Americans. The last culture is universal culture. This is learned behavior patterns that is shared by all humanity collectively. Examples of this are communicating with a language, having children, and having leadership roles. Culture is very complex, but is extremely connected to religion.
Why is culture important?

What Are Your Values?

Values are a part of your beliefs and what you base all your moral decisions from. Values come from your culture. Click on the links below to find out what your values are.


Christianity

Christianity was founded in the early 1st century AD, with the teaching, miracles, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. Today it is the largest religion in the world, with around 2 billion followers. Especially dominant in the western world, today's Christianity has a wide variety of forms, beliefs and practices but all center around faith in Jesus Christ.



What is Christianity?

What do Christians Read?

Christians mainly read the Bible to learn more about their faith and God himself. The Bible contains the Old and New Testaments. There are other less commonly known books that teach about the Christian faith. Check out the Christian Bookstore to find more books.


Christian Holidays

If you're traveling to a country that mostly celebrates Christianity then you'll probably want to know what celebrations are going on at the time. Check out the Travelers Guide: Christian Holidays Editon to find out.


How did Christianity get so many Denominations?

Christianity is centered around the belief that Jesus died for our sins, but there are many different branches, or denominations, of Christianity. Why is this so? How did it get this way? This video will help you understand.


Christian Denominations

How do Christians Worship?

Christians worship in many ways. They go to church, pray, and read the bible. Another way that Christians worship God is through song. A common Christian song is "Lead me to the cross". Check out the video below to hear it.


Lead me to the cross - lyrics - Hillsong

Islam

Islam is a monotheistic religious tradition that developed in the Middle East in the 7th century C.E. Islam, which literally means "surrender" or "submission," was founded on the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad as an expression of surrender to the will of Allah, the creator and sustainer of the world. The Quran, the sacred text of Islam, contains the teachings of the Prophet that were revealed to him from Allah. Essential to Islam is the belief that Allah is the one and true God with no partner or equal.


What is Islam?

What is the Quran?

The Quran is also believed to be divine, the eternal and literal word of God. It is filled with God's direct speech. Check out Book Guide: The Quran to learn more about it.


What Traditions do Muslims have?

Islams have many traditions, rites, and ceremonies that they follow. Check out A Guide on how to be Islam to learn some.


What are the Five Pillars of Islam?

Recently, Denton, Anna, Selina, Isabelle, and Lasya embarked on a "journey" to find the tablet with the Five Pillars of Islam on it. Click on the link below, and join them on their journey to learn about the Five Pillars of Islam.


WTDWI?

What's the deal with Islam? If you are still a little bit confused about what Muslims believe then check out the video below.


What is Islam? (What's the Deal with Islam?)

Hinduism

Hinduism, the world's oldest religion, has no beginning--it precedes recorded history. It has no human founder. It is a mystical religion, leading the devotee to personally experience the Truth within, finally reaching the pinnacle of consciousness where man and God are one. Hinduism has four main denominations--Saivism, Shaktism, Vaishnavism and Smartism.


What is Hinduism: Pilot #1

Karma & Reincarnation

Karma and reincarnation are important concepts to Hindus. To learn more about karma and reincarnation check out the haiku deck below.


What do Hindus believe?

Hindus beliefs determine their thoughts and attitudes about life, which in turn direct their actions. By their actions, they create their destiny. Beliefs about sacred matters--God, soul and cosmos--are essential to one's approach to life. Hindus believe many diverse things, but there are a few bedrock concepts on which most Hindus concur. To learn about what beliefs and concepts Hindus follow check out the Guide to being Hindu.


Hindu Holidays

If you're traveling to a Hindu country you might want to know what holidays and celebrations are going on. See the Travelers Guide: Hindu Holiday Edition to find out.


How do Hindus celebrate holidays?

One of the most important holidays is Diwali. To learn more about how Hindus celebrate Diwali check out the video below.


Diwali - Festival of Lights

Buddhism

Buddhism is a religion to about 300 million people around the world. The word comes from 'budhi', 'to awaken'. It has its origins about 2,500 years ago when Siddhartha Gotama, known as the Buddha, was himself awakened (enlightened) at the age of 35. To many, Buddhism goes beyond religion and is more of a philosophy or 'way of life'. It is a philosophy because philosophy 'means love of wisdom' and the Buddhist path can be summed up as:

(1) to lead a moral life,
(2) to be mindful and aware of thoughts and actions, and
(3) to develop wisdom and understanding.


What Is Buddhism?

Buddhism: Fact or Belief?

The Four Noble Truths can be tested and proven by anyone. So, is Buddhism fact or belief? Maybe this prezi will help you figure it out.


The Eightfold Path

The Eightfold Path is one of Buddha's most unique and specific teachings. It sets forth the points to take to rise above suffering and reach Nirvana. Find out what the Eightfold Path is in the haiku deck below.


Who is Buddha?

There are many misconceptions about who the Buddha is. Check out the prezi below to find out more information about Buddha.


Still Confused?

I've wrote a lot about what Buddhism teaches, but how did it begin? The following video answers that question.


Buddhism - Introduction

Judaism

Judaism is one of the oldest religions still existing today. It began as the religion of the small nation of the Hebrews, and through thousands of years of suffering, persecution, dispersion, and occasional victory, has continued to be a profoundly influential religion and culture. Today, 14 million people identify themselves as Jewish. Modern Judaism is a complex phenomenon that incorporates both a nation and a religion, and often combines strict adherence to ritual laws with a more liberal attitude towards religious belief.


Beliefs of Judaism part 1

What holidays do Jews celebrate?

If you're traveling to a Jewish country, then you might want to know some of the holidays they celebrate. To find out check out the Travelers Guide: Jewish Holiday Edition.


Judaism Facts

Interested in Judaism? Check out the prezi below for some facts.


Do you know any famous Jews?

Sure you do! Adam Sandler is a well know comedic and actor. Here is a funny Hanukkah song sung by him.


ADAM SANDLER - CHANUKAH (HANUKKAH) SONG [PART 1]