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5 Major World Religions. Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism. Polytheism. Polytheism is the worship of more than one god. May accept gods from other religions Choose your favorite god!. Polytheism. Hinduism From India around 1700 BCE No single founder

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    1. 5 Major World Religions Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism

    2. Polytheism • Polytheism is the worship of more than one god. • May accept gods from other religions • Choose your favorite god!

    3. Polytheism • Hinduism • From India around 1700 BCE • No single founder • 3rd largest religion • Holy Book: Rig Veda • Brahman is the source of all divinity (holiness) • Believe in reincarnation (soul is reborn many times based on Karma).

    4. Caste System Good Karma OK Karma Bad Karma Untouchables

    5. Hindu Gods SHIVA BRAHMA VISHNU

    6. Buddhism • Buddhism: • Started in India, then spread throughout Asia • Branched off of Hinduism about 500 BCE. • Founder’s name: Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha)

    7. Buddhism • Basic Tenets of Buddhism • The world is full of suffering • Meditation is our only escape • Nirvana is the ultimate goal • Follow the Eightfold Path

    8. Eightfold Path • Right Understanding • Right Thought • Right Speech • Right Action • Right Livelihood • Right Effort • Right Mindfulness • Right Concentration

    9. Images of Buddha

    10. Monotheism • Began in Palestine with the Jews • Abraham is the founder of: • Judaism • Christianity • Islam

    11. Monotheism • Begun by Abraham about 2000 BCE • Common Beliefs: • God created the universe • God continues to govern the universe • The Ten Commandments were given to Moses by God on Mt. Sinai and must be followed

    12. JUDAISM • Followers are called Jews • Believe that God made a covenant with Abraham and his people (Israelites) • Adherents are worldwide, but most are in Israel • Holy book is the Torah (= the first five books of the Old Testament of Christian Bible)

    13. Christianity • Jesus was a Jew from Palestine. The Western calendar is based on his life, so he lived (about) 2008 years ago • He is believed by his followers to be the messiah and the son of God. • He was crucified for treason (claiming to be the king of the Jews) by the Romans.

    14. Christianity • Christians believe Jesus rose from the dead on his own and appeared before his disciples • He is believed to have ascended into heaven, where he sits with God and rules (Trinity is debated by sectarian scholars) • Christians worship in a church • Their holy book is the Bible

    15. ISLAM • The Muslim name for God is Allah. • Muhammad was a camel driver from Saudi Arabia • The Angel Gabriel gave Muhammad The Koran in the desert in the 7th Century CE. It is the Muslim holy book. • He started his religion in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. This is the holiest city in Islam.

    16. ISLAM • Muslims worship in a mosque • Muslims must follow the Five Pillars of Islam: • Stating the Faith • Prayer 5 times/day facing Mecca • Charity to poor • Pilgrimage (Hajj) • Fast during Ramadan