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Religion: Its a non ethnic religion or a dharma, that encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and practices largely based on teachings attributed to Siddhartha Gautama

Primary Beliefs and God(s): Buddhism really doesn’t have a god because Buddha said all people should be treated equally; Beliefs: They practice their beliefs in a temple and they also worship in the temple and usually worship a statue buddha.

Practices: Rituals such as mantras and meditation are foundational to understanding Buddhist practices. In Buddhism mantras are sacred sounds that are believed to possesses supernatural powers.

Sacred Texts: 2184 sacred writings - go under the name of Sutra, Sutras were put in between the 2nd century B.C.E and the 2nd century C.E

Location/Dates of Origin/Historic Events: Northern India; Date; C. 5th Century B.C.E; Siddhartha Gautama was the founder of Buddhism he created the religion and their beliefs. Overtime people have worshiped him and called him Buddha but he said all people should be treated equally so he’s not a god.

Important Dates/Holidays/Rituals and Celebrations: The holiday Vesak is Buddha’s birthday and that is the most popular holiday the Buddhist New Year

Afterlife: After death one is either reborn into another body or enters nirvana. Nirvana is the highest state that someone can attain, a state of enlightenment, which mean a persons individual desires and suffering go away.

Other Interesting Information:

  1. Siddhartha Gautama originally born a wealthy prince, he left it all behind to pursue the path of truth when he saw the poverty and sickness beyond his palace walls.

  2. A few days after his birth, it was predicted by a wise old man that he would later become a great king or a saint that would change the world.