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Allah
Strict monotheism. One God (Allah in Arabic); the same God revealed (imperfectly) in the Jewish and Christian Bibles
Athena
Greek goddess of wisdom and war
conch shell
Symbol of the fame of the Buddha's teachings.
Darshanas
Hindu philosophy manuals based on the Vedas.
Godhead
Mormon concept of God the Father, the Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost as three individual beings who are united in purpose.
Lambeth Conferences
Conferences of Anglican bishops from around the world, first instituted in 1867.
Mithraism
A Roman mystery religion based on the Persian god Mithras, which flourished from the 2nd through 4th centuries CE.
Om Mani Padme Hum
Tibetan Buddhist mantra praising the "Jewel in the Lotus."
Qur'an
The sacred text of Islam, revealed to Muhammad over a 20-year period by the Angel Gabriel.
Sabbath
The Jewish day of rest from Friday at sunset to Saturday at sunset.
sadhu
A holy man who has renounced the material world to devote himself to spiritual practice. He wanders from place to place and owns nothing. A female sadhu is a sadhvi.
sawm
(Arabic, "fasting," also spelled siyam). Religious fasting, especially during the month of Ramadan, which is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
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.
Ten Commandments
Ten religious and moral laws that God gave the Israelites through Moses, as recorded in the book of Exodus.
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.
varada mudra
Buddhist hand gesture representing "boon-granting."
zakat
Almsgiving. One of the Five Pillars of Islam.
Zohar
The major text of the Kabbalah movement.

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