Just the facts on religion.

Glossary of Religion

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officiant
Minister who presides over a worship service that does not include the Eucharist.
Olam Ha-Ba
The "World to Come" - the Jewish afterlife.
Olympian Games
Games held at Olympia once every four years in August or September in honor of Zeus. The original contest was a 200-meter sprint; horse and chariot races were added around the 8th century BCE. The prizes were crowns of wild olive. The games were abolished in 393 CE by the Christian emperor Theodosius I.
Olympian gods
The twelve gods on the Parthenon frieze: Aphrodite, Apollo, Ares, Artemis, Athena, Demeter, Dionysus, Hephaestus, Hera, Hermes, Poseidon and Zeus.
Om Mani Padme Hum
Tibetan Buddhist mantra praising the "Jewel in the Lotus."
Oral Torah
The Mishnah. According to traditional Jews, part of the Torah received by Moses at Sinai but not written down until c. 200 CE as the Mishnah.
ordination
A ritual appointing a person to the clergy or ministry.
original sin
Doctrine that all humans are born with an inherently sinful nature inherited from Adam.
orthodox
(Greek orthos, "correct"). The correct or majority view.
Oschophoria
Attic festival celebrated early in the autumn month of Pyanopsion. Main rites were: a procession led by two young noblemen dressed as women and carrying oschoi, bunches of grapes on the branch; a race along the same course, also holding oschoi; a banquet with female "dinner-bearers" and libations accompanied by mixed cries of joy and grief.

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