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abhaya mudra
Buddhist hand gesture representing fearlessness.
Advent
four Sundays before Christmas; Nov. 30 - Dec. 24
Allah
Strict monotheism. One God (Allah in Arabic); the same God revealed (imperfectly) in the Jewish and Christian Bibles
begging bowl
Bowl used by Buddhist monks to collect alms from laypeople; also has symbolic significance.
conch shell
Symbol of the fame of the Buddha's teachings.
confession
1. A profession of faith (e.g. by the martyrs) or statement of doctrine (e.g. Augsburg Confession). 2. Admission of sin, either directly to God in prayer, generally to the congregation, or privately to a priest.
euthanasia
Euthanasia, sometimes known as "mercy-killing," is the intentional ending of a patient's life by a physician, usually by lethal injection.
Greatest Name
One of the main symbols of the Bahá'í Faith, a calligraphized Arabic rendering of Yá Bahá'ul 'Abhá ("O Glory of the Most Glorious").
Hanukkah
(Hebrew, "dedication"). Also spelled Chanukah. An eight-day holiday beginning on 25 Kislev (mid-December) that commemorates the revolt of the Maccabees in 164 BCE and the miraculous oil that burned for eight days.
Wycliffe, John
(c.1328-84) English philosopher, theologian and reformer. He is known for his English translation of the Bible and has been called the "Morning Star of the Reformation."
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.
Mithraism
A Roman mystery religion based on the Persian god Mithras, which flourished from the 2nd through 4th centuries CE.
peacock
symbol representing immortality
tallit
(also spelled talit; Yiddish tallis; plural talitot) A prayer shawl worn by Jews during weekday morning services, on the Sabbath, and on holidays.
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."

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