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Glossary of Religion

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Ka'ba
Cube-shaped monument in Mecca containing a sacred black stone. All Muslim prayer faces the direction (qibla) of the Ka'ba.
Kaddish
Prayer proclaiming the greatness of God. Used as the mourners' prayer but also at other points in the liturgy.
kafir
(kafara, "conceal; be ungrateful") One who does not believe in Allah, or in the content of the Qur'an, or in the prophetic status of Muhammad. Unbelief (kufr) is fundamental opposition to God and Islam, and is punished eternally in hell.
kanephoroi
Young women who carried baskets or vessels (kana) of objects needed for the sacrificial ceremony in processions. They were required to be from a good family, unmarried, and chaste. They were dressed splendidly, their hair and garments were decked with gold and jewels, they were powdered with while barley-flour and wore a chain of figs.
karma
("action" or "deed"). Impact of previous deeds (usually in former lives) on one's current circumstances.
karma-marga
Path of works. One of three paths to moksa.
kasher
(Hebrew, "fit"). Fit for ritual use. Also a verb meaning "to make a food or object fit for ritual use."
kashrut
(Hebrew, "fitness"). Jewish dietary laws.
kedusha
(Hebrew, "holiness"). Holiness.
Ker
(also Cer). An impersonal spirit of evil and destructiveness. Usually spoken of in the plural (Keres), and originally used in relation to destiny or in reference to the spirits of the dead. In post-Homeric usage, they pollute like the Harpies and are associated with disease, old age, death, and troubles in general.
kerygma
(Greek, "preaching".) Term coined by Rudolf Bultmann to indicate the essential message (or gospel) of the New Testament church.
khatib
One who gives the khutbah (Friday sermon). The position is appointed by the government in most countries.
khutbah
Sermon delivered on Fridays and special occasions.
kippah
(Hebrew) Disc-like head covering. Known as yarmulke in Yiddish.
kiswa
Cloth that covers the Ka'ba shrine in Mecca.
kittel
A white linen robe worn by Jewish men on special occasions to signify purity, holiness and new beginnings.
Kol Nidre
(Hebrew, "All Vows). Famous hymn sung during Yom Kippur releasing Jews of all religious vows made in the previous year.
kosher
Anglicized form of Hebrew kasher ("fit") indicating a food or object fit for ritual use.
kundalini
("snake"). The spiritual force in every human being that lies at the base of the spine, coiled like a snake. It is also called "serpent power." Once awakened through yoga and meditation, it rises through the chakras, producing spiritual knowledge and mystical powers.

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