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PATTERNS AMONG RELIGIONS
WHAT IS RELIGION
A sacramental orientation in religion is characterized by
the use of silent meditation.
the extensive use of bells and powders.
a belief that certain rituals and ceremonies help one achieve salvation.
The transmission of indigenous religions is made more difficult by the fact that teachings are often conveyed in ways that are
passed on in symbolic language.
known only to initiates.
written in unknown languages.
Compared with indigenous religions, today’s dominant religions are
much more difficult to transmit.
Animism holds that
animal sacrifice is necessary for ritual purity.
mountains are often at the end of sacred paths.
animal nature must be subservient to human beings.
the life force exists in every part of the universe.
A libation involves
the pouring of a liquid on the ground as an offering.
the shaman’s ability to fly through the air.
the forbidding of incest and marriage among close relatives.
vivid dreams and visions.
Sacred time in indigenous religions is
Literally, the word religion means
Belief in many gods is called
Belief in one God is called
Literally, “theology” means
discovery of the soul.
structure of society.
logic of pattern.
study of the divine.