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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
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.
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.
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.
mantra
Sacred sound believed to possess supernatural powers.
peacock
symbol representing immortality
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.
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.
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.
treasure vase
Buddhist symbol of spiritual and material wealth, abundance, and good fortune.
Trinity
The Christian conception of the one God as three persons: the God the Father, the Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
Veneration of Saints
no in Protestantism; yes in other branches
Zohar
The major text of the Kabbalah movement.

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