Walking Around The Worlds Religions By Louis sabatino

June 10th 2016

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple

The Sri Ranganathaswamy Hindu Temple is very tall, has a variety of bright colorful, has statues and carvings all around it and has many buildings to it. It covers 156 acres which makes it one of the worlds largest religious complex's! This site receives millions of visitors and pilgrims a year. Unlike in other religions, it is not mandatory for a Hindu to regularly visit their temple. Temples are often visited on auspicious occasions and as a part of pilgrimages rather than as a regular occurrence. The temple is a place where the only focus is on God, it allows the worshiper to be free of the distractions of their everyday life. It is built according to vedic plans and even the shape of the temple is symbolic.

Hinduism Facts

Hinduism is the worlds largest religion with about 900 million followers and is an ethnic religion which means it is only appeals to a certain group of people in certain places. 90% of Hinduisms followers live in India. In addition, it is a polytheistic religion and each of its gods are gods of different things and different groups of Hinduism worship a different particular god.(ex. Vaishnavisms worship the god of Vishnu which is a loving god, roughly 80% of Hindus worship this god) Because Hinduism is an ethnic religion, it has no exact record of origin. The Hindu building for communal worship is called a Mandir.(Hindu temple) Important Hindu holidays include Diwali, Makar Sankranti and Maha Shivaratri.

June 14th 2016

The Lumbini, the birth place of Buddha is a tall, white, kinda looks like an upside down icecream cone but is extremely holy to Buddhists. It is the place where Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama, who as the Buddha Gautama founded the Buddhist tradition. In the words of Buddha himself: "O-Bhikshus', after my death when people and members of a new generation come and ask you, then tell them that here the Buddha was born, here he attained the full enlightenment, here he turned the wheel of Dharma twelve times, and here finally the Buddha entered into Parinirvana". It is also a huge pilrimage site because it is the most important Buddha Temple

Buddhism Facts

Buddhism is the worlds third largest universalizing religion with about 376 million followers and can be found primarily in east and southeast Asia. Though Buddhists do not worship any gods, they worship the Buddha.(enlightened one) Like the other major universalizing religions has branches to it. The three main branches are Mahayana, Theravada and Vajaryana. Mahayana(56%) and Theravada(38%) take up most of the Buddhist population while Vajaryana(6%0 is the least of the three major branches. Buddhism was founded by Siddhartha Guatama in Nepal, near India's border. Buddhism revolves around the 4 truths which are basically about the truth of suffering, the truth of the cause of suffering, the truth of the end of suffering, and the truth of the path that leads to the end of suffering. The place of worships for Buddhists are Pagodas, they also worship at home. Vesak is a very important holiday because it is Buddhas birthday.

June 18th 2016

The Western Wall

The Western Wall is huge wall made of gigantic pieces of rock and it was hard to get close because of all the people crowding to it. After the Romans destroyed the Jewish Temple in 70 C.E. but not the wall around it, it became the Jews most holy spot. It was later used as a garbage dump to humiliate the Jews. Although the Jordanians had signed an armistice agreement in 1949 guaranteeing Jews the right to visit the Wall, not one Israeli Jew was ever permitted to do so. Minister Moshe Dayan, who helped revive a traditional Jewish custom by inserting a written petition into its cracks. It was later revealed that Dayan's prayer was that a lasting peace "descend upon the House of Israel." In addition to the large crowds that come to pray at the Kotel on Friday evenings, it is also a common gathering place on all Jewish holidays. The wall represent a place that stood though that had been not physically down but had been spiritually beaten down by history.

Judaism Facts

Judaism is the first recorded monotheistic religion with about 14 million followers. Roughly 2/5 of the Jewish population is found in the United States. This ethnic religion is where the roots of Christianity and Islam can be found. Abraham who lived 4000 years ago is the father of Judaism. The Jewish holy land is Israel. They also worship the Torah which is the law of God as revealed to Moses and recorded in the first five books of the Hebrew scriptures. The synagogue is the Jewish place of worship, but is also used as a place to study, and often as a community center as well. Celebrated holidays include Hanukkah, Passover, Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah and The Jewish New Year.

June 22nd 2016

Vatican City

Though the Vatican City looks like the United States Capitol building, it has many tall standing pillars that surround the entrance with a big tall figure in the middle. The inside was extremely intricate with lots of paintings and sculptures that made the place feel alive. The Vatican City's original building was built over the grave of St. Peter, leader of the apostles and the first bishop of Rome. It is also home to the worlds most famous art pieces. It is the home to now 55 popes and is the Roman Catholic headquarters. Over 5 million visit it per year. Each year, countless visitors are drawn here seeking religious transformation and renewal through worship services, prayer, and audience with the pope.

Christianity

Christianity is the worlds largest religion and is Universalizing. It has 2 billion followers and the largest widespread distribution. The founder of this religion was Jesus "The Christ". He was born in Jerusalem(Israel) which is the holy land for Christians. It is based off The Bible which is a complex book about the account of God’s action in the world, and his purpose with all creation. The writing of the Bible took place over sixteen centuries and is the work of over forty authors. Its 3 major branches consist of Roman Catholic, which is 51% of all Christians and dominates southwest and eastern Europe, Protestant, which takes up 24% of all Christians and dominates northwestern Europe and Orthodox, which is 11% of all Christians and dominates east and southeast Europe. The Christian house of worship is a church. Some Christian holidays are Christmas, Easter, Ash Wednesday and Psalm Sunday.

June 26th 2016

Mecca

Mecca was by far the most crowded place I had visited. It was had walls like a hexagon or an octagon and everyone there was dressed in white robes. Mecca is the center of the Islamic world and the birthplace of both the Prophet Muhammad and the religion he founded. Mecca is regarded as the holiest city in the religion of Islam and a pilgrimage to it known as the Hajj is obligatory for all able Muslims. Millions of people make a pilgrimage to Mecca every year. There are two major pilgrimages that Muslims make every year, including the Hajj and the Umrah. The Hajj is a pilgrimage that all Muslims should make once in their lives as long as they are of sound health and financially able to make the trip. It attracts about 3 million believers every year.

Islam

Islam is the worlds second largest religion and universalizing religion with approximately 1.5 billion followers. It can be predominately found in the Middle East from north Africa to Central Asia. Islam is monotheistic and is also known as Muslim. Islam was originated in Mecca and they worship a God they call Allah. Branches of this religion are the Sunnis, which make up 83% of all Islams and dominates Southwest Asia and North Africa and Shiites, which make up 16% of all Islams and dominates Iran, Pakistan and Iraq. Some Islam holidays are Eid-al-Fitr, Waqf al Arafa and Eid-al-Adha.

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