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Advent
four Sundays before Christmas; Nov. 30 - Dec. 24
Apocrypha
(lit. Greek: "out of the writings"). Books not included in the Hebrew canon of the Old Testament, but included in the Greek Septuagint. Catholic and Orthodox Christans include the Apocrypha in the canon of scripture; Protestant Christians do not. Apocryphal books are Esdras, Tobit, Judith, Wisdom of Solomon, Ecclesiasticus, Baruch, Song of the Three Children, Susanna, Bel and the Drago, The Prayer of Manasseh, 1 and 2 Maccabees, and additions to Esther.
aureole
A halo that surrounds a sacred figure's whole body.
begging bowl
Bowl used by Buddhist monks to collect alms from laypeople; also has symbolic significance.
Ganesha
("Lord of Hosts"). Also Ganesha, Vinayaka, Ekadanta, Lambodara, Siddhadata, Vighnaraja. God of wisdom and good fortune, represented with a pot belly and the head of an elephant. Ganesh has been one of the most popular Hindu gods since medieval times and is claimed by all sects as their own. As the remover of obstacles, he is invoked before religious ceremonies and worldly undertakings.
Godhead
Mormon concept of God the Father, the Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost as three individual beings who are united in purpose.
golden fishes
(Sanskrit suvarnamatsya). Buddhist symbol of good fortune, fertility and salvation.
Great Schism
The division between Eastern and Western Christendom, which occurred in 1054 AD.
kosher
Anglicized form of Hebrew kasher ("fit") indicating a food or object fit for ritual use.
Lambeth Conferences
Conferences of Anglican bishops from around the world, first instituted in 1867.
mezuzah
(Hebrew, "doorpost"). Small parchment of Torah verses placed on the doorpost of Jewish homes in obedience to Deut. 6:9.
peacock
symbol representing immortality
Qur'an
The sacred text of Islam, revealed to Muhammad over a 20-year period by the Angel Gabriel.
swastika
(Sanskrit svastika, "all is well") Ancient symbol of good fortune and well-being, with a variety of uses and meanings in Hinduism, Buddhism and many other faiths.
Tanakh
(acronym for Torah, Nevi'im and Ketuvim). The Jewish Bible.
13 Articles of Faith
A list provided by Joseph Smith when he was asked about the basic beliefs of the Church.
Tibetan Book of the Dead
A text that describes in detail the stages of death from the Tibetan point of view.
Trinity
The Christian conception of the one God as three persons: the God the Father, the Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
Vedas
("knowledge"). Collection of Hindu scriptures regarded as sacred and authoritative by all Hindus.
Vesak
The birthday of the Buddha and the most important festival in Buddhism, celebrated in May.

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