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abhaya mudra
Buddhist hand gesture representing fearlessness.
Allah
Strict monotheism. One God (Allah in Arabic); the same God revealed (imperfectly) in the Jewish and Christian Bibles
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.
Athena
Greek goddess of wisdom and war
aureole
A halo that surrounds a sacred figure's whole body.
Basic Points of Buddhism
In 1966, leading monks from the Theravada and Mahayana traditions met in Sri Lanka with the goal of bridging the differences between the two groups and identifying the essential points of agreement.
begging bowl
Bowl used by Buddhist monks to collect alms from laypeople; also has symbolic significance.
Darshanas
Hindu philosophy manuals based on the Vedas.
dhyana mudra
Buddhist hand gesture representing meditation.
euthanasia
Euthanasia, sometimes known as "mercy-killing," is the intentional ending of a patient's life by a physician, usually by lethal injection.
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.
lotus
The flower that is rooted in the mud but blooms pristinely above the water represents non-attachment to the world in Hinduism and Buddhism.
Ramadan
The ninth month in the Islamic calendar, for the duration of which Muslims fast during the daylight hours to commemorate the giving of the Qur'an.
Sabbath
The Jewish day of rest from Friday at sunset to Saturday at sunset.
13 Articles of Faith
A list provided by Joseph Smith when he was asked about the basic beliefs of the Church.
varada mudra
Buddhist hand gesture representing "boon-granting."
Veneration of Saints
no in Protestantism; yes in other branches
Zohar
The major text of the Kabbalah movement.

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