World Religions

Josh Kent

Religion is an important factor in most countries. It is the most important part of a country's culture, which affects a country's economy and its interaction with other countries. Obviously there are many different religions and each of them have their own unique traits, but there are five that are the most prominent. These religions are Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.


Christianity is a monotheistic religion, meaning that christians only believe in one God. Christians believe that God is known by many names, but is most commonly referred to as God. The holy book in Christianity is "The Bible." The only major holidays are Christmas and Easter. A highly practiced ritual is to attend church on Sundays and pray daily.

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Judaism is a monotheistic religion that worships their god Yahweh. Their holy book is called the Torah, which is the first five books in the Hebrew bible. Major holidays include Hanukkah, Yom Kippur, and Passover. The Jewish house of worship is the Synagogue, this is where Torah readings, prayer, and teaching take place.

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Islam is a monotheistic religion that believes in their god Allah. Their holy book is the "The Holy Quran." The Islam religion has only two major Holidays, Ramadan and Hajj. Everyday they practice the ritual of the Five Pillars of Prayer.

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Buddhism is a religion that does not believe in any gods, only the teachings of a prophet named Buddha. Their holy book is the Tripitaka. Some major holidays include Buddhist New Year, Buddha Day, Bangha Day, and Dhamma Day. Mditation and Mantras, or "sacred sounds," are important rituals in the Buddhist culture.

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Hinduism is a polytheistic religion, which means belief in more than on god. The head divine is known as Brahman, who they believe is found in everything. They have more than one holy book, but the most popular is the Vedas. Another important factor in their religion is Karma, the belief that good things happen to people who do good and vice versa. Their most known holiday is Diwali, or "Festival of lights." An important ritual in their religion is worship at the Mandir, or temple.

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