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1 ACE Camp 2014 at Lincoln College Taught by Mike Sorice
World Religions ACE Camp 2014 at Lincoln College Taught by Mike Sorice

2 Introduction – About Me
Michael Angelo Sorice Live in Urbana; from Forest Park (west side of Chicago) Played at Fenwick & Illinois Coach at Champaign Centennial High School ACF & PACE member NAQT writer First time teaching at ACE About to read the 2006 PACE NSC All-Star Game

3 Class Topic – World Religions
4/5ths non-Judeo-Christian religions & topics 1/5th modern religions (since ~1500) ~half of questions from these areas Won’t cover Judaism Mainstream Christianity The Bible These are good topics that come up, so learn about them, too… elsewhere! (Not a comment on preferred religion – have no personal preference!)

4 ANSWER 0: typical slide Easiest/most basic information first
Harder/more abstruse information later Clues almost all from actual questions Buzz words underlined Important, but learn the context, too! Sometimes information left out because it appears in a later slide I’ll try to point out– leave yourself space in your notes to fill in

5 World Religions: Part 1 Ancient Religions of India and East Asia

6 ANSWER 1: Hinduism Main religion of India Many gods & goddesses
Brahma the Creator, part of the Trimurti (Trinity) Yama (death,) Agni (fire,) Surya (sun,) Chandra (moon) & many others Scriptures (holy books) Upanishads (“Sitting Near”) Mahabharata (Epic of the Children of Bharata) & Ramayana (Epic of Rama) Puranas (hymns to the gods) Four goals in life Artha (wealth & skill) Dharma (moral living) Kama (pleasure) Moksha (ultimate release)

7 ANSWER 2: The Vedas Main & oldest Hindu scriptures
BCE Four in number (oldest to newest) Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda, Atharva Veda Written in Sanskrit Upanishads are mainly commentaries on them Vedanta is the school of philosophy of interpreting them Masters of the Vedas are called Pandits Our word pundit comes from that

8 ANSWER 3: Vishnu “The Preserver” - one of the three main Hindu gods
In the Trimurti (Trinity) along with Brahma Wife (consort) is Lakshmi (a.k.a. Sri or Maya,) goddess of wealth Ten avatars (earthly manifestations) Matsya the Fish; Kurma the Turtle; Varaha the Boar; Narashima the Lion- Man; Vamana the Dwarf; Parashurama the Axe-Man; Lord Rama; Krishna; and Kalki, who has not yet come Depicted riding on the eagle Garuda, the Bird King Carries a conch shell, chakra (discus,) mace, and lotus in his four hands

9 ANSWER 4: Shiva “The Destroyer/Redeemer” – one of the three main Hindu gods Makes up the Trimurti along with Brahma and Vishnu Takes the form of Nataraja, the Eternal Dancer Husband of Parvati, a.k.a. Durga or Kali, goddess of death Father of Kartikeya and Ganesha Ganesha has an elephant’s head because Shiva knocked his head off! Rides the bull Nandi Also called Rudra (in the Vedas) and Mahadeva

10 ANSWER 5: Indra Hindu god of war and storms
Main god in the Vedas, but not later Hinduism Killed the demon Vritra who was stealing all the world’s water According to the Rig Veda Lives on Mount Meru in the hall of Svarga Rides an elephant named Airavata

11 ANSWER 6: Diwali The Hindu Festival of Lights
5 days long Lamps & candles (called diyas) & fireworks are lit Celebrates Rama (Vishnu) defeating of the demon Ravana to rescue his wife, Sita (Lakshmi) Especially sacred to Lakshmi, goddess of wealth, who is offered sweets (mithai) to ensure a prosperous year Celebrates the home & family House is cleaned on first day (Dhanteras) Between husband & wife (Padva) Between sister & brother (Bahu-beej)

12 ANSWER 7: Holi Hindu Festival of Colors
Believers throw colored powder on each other Celebrates love – of Krishna (Vishnu) for Radha (Lakshmi) Radha is one of the gopis, girls whom Krishna loved to frolic with A bonfire the night before commemorates the burning of Holika, a demoness She was trying to kill Prince Prahlada Celebrates the defeat of the seemingly invulnerable demon king Hiranyakashipu, who demanded to be worshipped Vishnu (as the Lion-Man Narashima) slew him for Prince Prahlada, a devotee of Vishnu

13 ANSWER 8: Bhagavad Gita Part of the 6th book of the epic poem Mahabharata The advice of Krishna (Vishnu,) who is serving as charioteer to the hero, King Arjuna Arjuna is wavering because he’s in a bloody war with his own relatives. Krishna explains that duty and destiny (dharma) trump even family ties Each of 18 chapters describes one yoga (discipline) Bhakti yoga, or devotion to the gods, is paramount Takes place during the Battle of Kurukshetra

14 ANSWER 9: the castes Hinduism divides people in to rigid classes, called castes (or varnas) Brahmins – priests and scholars Kshatriyas – warriors and earthly kings Vaishyas – merchants, farmers, and makers of things Shudras – laborers People outside the varnas are Dalits (or untouchables) Vishnu’s avatar Parashurama hates the Kshatriyas He killed every Kshatriya 21 times with his axe! Described in the Laws of Manu (Manusmriti) Manu is the first human being in Hinduism

15 ANSWER 10: Buddhism Basic scriptures are the Tripitaka, a.k.a. Three Baskets or Pali Canon Spread by Ashoka, emperor of India, in the 300’s B.C.E. Various sects contain many schools Theravada (sometimes called Hinayana) is the older, most orthodox sect Temples are known as stupas Each stupa should contain a relic of the Buddha, like a hair or tooth

16 ANSWER 11: Buddha A prince of Shakya named Siddhartha Gautama
Buddha is a title meaning “Awakened One” Some forms of Buddhism use Buddha only to refer to the Buddha; others use it to refer to many different Buddhas Meditated under the Bodhi tree to realize Four Noble Truths Existence is suffering (dukka), and how to deal with it: the Eightfold Way Expounded his ideas in the Deer Park Sermon His mother, Queen Maya, had a vision of a white elephant with 6 tusks before giving birth 9th avatar of Vishnu

17 ANSWER 12: reincarnation (samsara)
Central concept in Buddhism & Hinduism (et al.) Good karma, gained by following dharma, determines the soul’s next life Also called metempsychosis or transmigration of souls The soul (jiva or atman) takes a new form based on its actions in this life (or maybe not!) Quasi-eternal cycle of birth, death and reincarnation is called samsara

18 ANSWER 13: nirvana (moksha)
“Enlightenment” and escape from the cycle of samsara Technically, nirvana is the bliss resulting from moksha, the escape from rebirth, but they’re used interchangeably People who have achieved this are called arhats; those who put it off to help others are called bodhisattvas Different schools have different ideas which is better Means “extinguishing (of a candle)” (probably) Four stages Sotapanna (Wader,) Sakadagami (Once-Returner,) Anagami (Non-Returner,) Arhat (Perfect)

19 ANSWER 14: Mahayana Largest sect of Buddhism
Name means “Greater Vehicle” Supposed to enlighten many people at once through group practice, as opposed to individual enlightenment through individual meditation Venerates bodhisattvas Saints who have achieved nirvana, but remained in the world to help others do so as well Many sub-schools Pure Land Nichiren Tendai Tibetan/Tantric/Vajrayana (sort-of)

20 ANSWER 15: Zen Japanese school of Mahayana Buddhism
Derived from Chinese Chan Buddhism Sub-sects include Rinzai and Soto, founded by Dogen Meditative practice called zazen To achieve satori, temporary enlightenment Paradoxical riddles called koans subdue the mind Blue Cliff Record and Gateless Gate, collections of koans Founded by Bodhidarma, an Indian monk

21 ANSWER 16: sutras Buddhist (and Hindu, etc.) aphoristic scriptures
Many thousands of different books Buddhist ones contain sayings of the Buddha They form the first “basket” of the Tripitaka Name means “sewn (together)” Mahayana Buddhist schools often based on one Diamond Sutra: Vajrayana Platform Sutra: Zen Lotus Sutra: Tendai World’s oldest printed book: 9th-C. copy of Diamond Sutra

22 ANSWER 17: Jainism Indian religion centered on ahimsa (non-violence)
The Universe is eternal, uncreated & subject to laws, as are the gods. Leaders/founders are the 24 Tirthankaras (“Ford-Makers”) Only the last two are historical; the 23rd, Parsva, lived ~900 B.C.E. Two major sects, differ on who can be clergy, who can achieve nirvana, and what monks should wear Digambara (“Sky-Clad”) – Male-only, naked Svetambara (“White-Clad”) – Men and women, robed Major scriptures are the Agamas (Agamasutra) Paryushana/Das Lakshana is major holiday (along w/ Diwali) 8-day festival – gods (devas) celebrate Tirtankaras Believers fast and dedicate themselves to study

23 ANSWER 18: Mahavira 24th (last) Jain Tirthankara & central figure of Jainism Lived ~500 B.C.E. Symbolized by the lion Each Tirthankara has a symbolic animal Originally named Prince Vardhamana Mahavira is a title meaning “Great Warrior” Preached Five Laws of Trust Ahimsa, or Non-Violence Satya, or Truthfulness Asteya, or Non-Theft Bramhacharya, or Chastity Aparigraha, or Renunciation of the World

24 ANSWER 19: Sikhism Indian (mainly Punjabi) monotheistic religion
Founded by Nanak c C.E. Centered on the Golden Temple of Amritsar Scripture is called the Granth (or Adi Grath) Sikhs practice the Five K’s Kesh, non-cutting of hair Sikhs usually wear a turban to hold their long hair Kangha, carrying a small wooden comb Kara, wearing an iron bracelet Kacchera, wearing a particular undergarment Kirpan, carrying a dagger Sikhs may be baptized in holy water (Amrit) to join the Khalsa

25 ANSWER 20: Gurus The Gurus are the leaders of Sikhism
Nanak (“Light,”) founder of Sikhism; Angad; Amar Das; Ram Das; Arjun; Har Gobind; Har Rai; Har Krishan; Tegh Bahadur; and Gobind Singh The 11th Guru is eternal: it’s the Sikh scripture, the Granth Called Guru Granth Sahib in this context In the same fashion, the Khalsa is sometimes also considered a Guru Called Guru Panth (“Embodied Guru”)

26 ANSWER 21: Shintoism Japanese native animism (worship of nature spirits) Gods/spirits known as kami Shinto also called kami-no-michi (“Way of the Kami”) Major kami Susanoo, god of sea and storm Izanami (1st woman) and Izanagi (1st man,) made the world Shrines have gates called torii and maidens called miko Myth collection called the Kojiki (“Ancient Record”)

27 ANSWER 22: Amaterasu Sun goddess and chief kami of Shinto
Name means “Heaven Shiner” Ancestor of the emperors of Japan She gave them her sacred mirror, jewel, and sword Sword is named Kusanagi, or “Grass Cutter” Born from the left eye of Izanagi After he washed it following a visit to the underworld, Yomi Chief shrine is at Ise is razed and rebuilt every 20 years

28 ANSWER 23: Confucianism Chinese philosophy/religion founded in the 6th C. B.C.E. Four Books (Si Shu) are its scriptures Analects – life and sayings of Confucius Mencius – dialogues of namesake scholar Ethical principles are the Wuchang (“Five Eternals”) Ren, “Humaneness;” Yi, “Justice;” Li, “Piety;” Zhi, “Knowledge;” Xin, “Integrity” Also “Four Virtues” (Sizi) Zhong, “Loyalty;” Xiao, “Respect for Ancestors;” Jie, “Continence;” Yi, “Justice”

29 ANSWER 24: Confucius Philosopher born in Lu state during the Chinese Spring and Autumn period, c. 550 B.C.E. Believed to have written or edited the Five Classics I Ching, Book of Songs, Book of History, Book of Rites, and Spring and Autumn Annals Central idea: Rectification of Names Words must correspond to reality, or nothing can succeed 72 disciples Ziyuan, Zilu, Zichang, Zigong, etc.

30 ANSWER 25: Taoism (Daoism)
Chinese philosophical religion centered on the Tao (“Way”) and founded c. 500 B.C.E. Central idea is Wu Wei (“Non-Action,”) Representing harmony with nature’s opposites, yin and yang Differing pantheons of gods Jade Emperor Three Pure Ones Pangu, god of creation Zuganzi (or Zhuang Zhou) is a major Taoist thinker

31 ANSWER 26: Laozi (Lao-tzu)
Central figure of Taoism Name is a title meaning “Old Master” Real name may have been Li Er Author of Tao To Ching, central text of Taoism “The Tao that can be spoken of is not the Tao” “Spokes join to form a wheel, but the central hole moves the wagon” Legendarily fathered by a star and gestated for 62 years Deified as Taisahng Laojun (“Supreme Old Master”) Head of the Three Pure Ones

32 End of Part 1

33 World Religions: Part 2 Ancient Religions of the Near East

34 ANSWER 27: Zoroastrianism
Dualistic (world divided into good & evil) religion of Persia Chief good god Ahura Mazda; evil, Angra Mainyu/Ahriman Also called Mazdaism for that reason Still exists among Parsis of India & Iran Leave the dead exposed in Towers of Silence to be eaten by vultures Human flesh is bad and would pollute the world Worship in Fire Temples (Dar-e-Mehr) New Years’ Festival Nowruz near Spring equinox Stories of an evil dragon named Azi-Dahaka Chained up by the hero Fredon in the Alborz Mtns.

35 ANSWER 28: Zoroaster Founded Zoroastrianism c. 2000-500 B.C.E. (?!)
Also called Zarathustra Wrote parts of the Avesta, the Zoroastrian holy book Specifically, the hymns called the Gathas and Yasna Saw life as a struggle between asa (truth) and druj (lies) Converted King Vistaspa to spread his religion Biography of him called the Spend Nask (lost)

36 ANSWER 29: Islam Centers of worship are called mosques or masjids
Priests are known as imams Dietary code called Halal Creed is the shahada “God (Allah) is the only God and Muhammad is his messenger” Savior known as the Mahdi will signal end times Devout Muslims pray 5 times per day toward the qibla The direction to the holy city of Mecca The misbaha is a rosary used to pray 99 beads count the 99 Names of God

37 ANSWER 30: Muhammad Founder of Islam, which considers him the last messanger Thus called Seal of the Prophets Fled from Mecca to Medina in 662 C.E. The Hijra (or Hegira) is the start of the Muslim calendar (A.H.) Biography & sayings (sunnah) are collected in the Hadith First prophetic vision in the cave of Hira in 610 C.E. Member of the Banu Hashim, a branch of the Quraysh tribe of Arabia

38 ANSWER 31: Koran (Quran) Holy book of Islam – name means “Recitation”
Revealed (wahy) to Muhammad by Angel Gabriel (Jibril) Text perfect & co-eternal with God Chapters are called Suras “The Cow” (Baqara) “The Night Journey” (Isra) “The Cave” (Kahf) “Romans” (Rum) Verses called ayahs; Arabic recitation called tajwid A hafez is someone who can recite the whole from memory

39 ANSWER 32: Shiism (Shia Islam)
Smaller of two major sects of Islam (majority in Iran & Iraq) Believe Muhammad’s son-in-law, Imam Ali, was proper 1st Caliph (successor of Muhammad) Lost the First Fitna (Islamic Civil War) over this issue Supreme leaders called Imams Sub-sects based on #: Twelver, Sevener/Ismaili & Fiver/Zaidi Twelvers believe 12th Imam (Mahdi) on Earth in Occultation Important holiday of Ashura Commemorating death of Imam Hussein (son of Ali) at Karbala

40 ANSWER 33: Sunniism (Sunni Islam)
Larger of two major sects of Islam (larger than Shiism) Believe Abu Bakr was proper 1st Caliph & that the body of Muslims should choose the leader Won the First Fitna (Islamic Civil War) over this issue Consider the first 4 Caliphs Rashidun (“Rightly Guided”) Name means “Traditionalists” (from Sunnah, the traditions of Muhammad’s life)

41 ANSWER 34: Sufism The mystical tradition within Islam
Possibly named for their simple woolen clothes “Whirling Dervishes” are Sufis who worship by spinning The poet Rumi founded an order of Sufis Orders of Sufis are called turuqs Alevi Mevlevi Chishti

42 ANSWER 35: the Five Pillars
The basic practices of Islam Recite the Shahada (creed) Pray 5 times each day (Salat) Give alms to the poor (Zakat) 2.5% of ones wealth is to be donated Fast during the month of Ramadan (Sawm) Make a pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj) Delineated in the Hadith of Gabriel Known in Arabic as the arkan al-din

43 ANSWER 36: Hajj (Haj/Hadj)
Pilgrimage to Mecca All able-bodied Muslims must go at least once (it’s a Pillar!) Commemorates the lives of Abraham (Ibrahim) and Hagar (Hajar) Central rite: circling (Tawaf) the Kaaba at Masjid al-Haram (“Forbidden Mosque”) Some believe the Black Stone of the Kaaba absorbs Hajjis’ sins Many other rituals Visiting the Well of Zam Zam Running (Sayi) between the hills of Safa and Marwah Throwing stones at pillars representing Satan (“Stoning the Devil”/Ramy al-Jamarat) Happens during final month of the Islamic calendar Dhu al-Hijjah (“Hajj Month”) Ends with the feast holiday Eid al-Adha

44 ANSWER 37: Ramadan Able-bodied Muslim practice sawm (fasting from sunrise to sunset) One of the Pillars 9th month of the Muslim calendar, name means “Hot/Dry” Commemorates the Hijra Determined by sightings of the crescent moon over sunset Ends with the feast holiday Eid al-Fitr Fast is broken with a meal called iftar & begun after a dawn meal called suhor Extra night prayers called tarawih are said Contains the holiday Laylat al-Qadr (“Night of Power”)

45 ANSWER 38: Druze Egyptian (now Lebanese/Syrian )offshoot of Ismaili (Sevener) Shia Islam Begun in the 11th C. C.E. Have reserved political positions in Lebanon Revere al-Hakim, a Fatimid Caliph May believe he was manifestation of god Represented by a five-pointed, multicolored star Practice taqiya, the hiding of their faith from outsiders Named for Muhammad ad-Darazi Though they consider him a heretic Founded by Hamza ibn Ali

46 End of Part 2

47 World Religions: Part 3 Modern & New World Religions

48 ANSWER 39: Voodoo Afro-French syncretic offshoot of Catholicism
Uses Fon, Ewe, Bakongo & Yoruba practices Believe in spirits called loas Bondye (“Good God” – chief deity) Papa Legba Shango Baron Samedi Priests known as houngans & priestesses mambos Worship places called Sosyetes or Hounfours

49 ANSWER 40: Santeria Afro-Spanish syncretic offshoot of Catholicism
Mainly uses Yoruban traditions, including chief god Olurun Name means “Way of the Saints” Gods syncretized/disguised as Catholic saints Also called Regla de Ocha or Lucumi Lucumi is also the name of the language of worship Deities/saints known as Orishas (or Orichas) Divination ceremony known as Ifa Temples called Iles (or Casas de Santos)

50 ANSWER 41: Quakers 17th C. English offshoot of Christianity
Also called Religious Society of Friends Name may come from tremors of ecstatic worshippers (or fear at persecution) Founded by George Fox Established in America by William Penn in Pennsylvania Worship in Meeting Houses Believe in the Inner Light Force of god may inspire anyone at any time, so no clergy First members called the Valiant Sixty

51 ANSWER 42: Shakers 18th C. Anglo-American Christian sect
Began as offshoot of Quakers Wrote the hymn “Simple Gifts” (basis for Appalachian Spring) Founded towns in America like New Lebanon, NY Most prominent leader was “Mother” Ann Lee Believed to be a second coming of Christ Other leaders: James Whittaker, Lucy Wright & Joseph Meacham Formally called United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing Believe in strict celibacy Communities tend to die out – only one left (Sabbath Day Lake Village, Maine)

52 ANSWER 43: Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)
American offshoot of Christianity founded c in NY Followers fled to Deseret (Utah) after being persecution & infighting in Ohio, Illinois & Missouri Issues persisted until the Utah War of , a.k.a. “Buchanan’s Blunder” Mountain Meadows Massacre Believe Tribes of Israel became American Indians Nephites & Lamanites Scriptures include Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants & The Pearl of Great Price Latter two are additions to the King James version of the Bible

53 ANSWER 44: Book of Mormon Central scripture unique to Mormonism (it uses the Bible as well) Believed to have been translated from Golden Plates written in Reformed Egyptian Found in the Hill of Cumorah Translated using “seer stones” called Urim and Thummim Components Books: Plates/Books of Nephi, Book of Jarom, Book of Omni, Words of Mormon, Book of Mosiah, Book of Ether Attested by the Testimony of the Three Witnesses and Testimony of the Eight Witnesses They appear at the start of most editions

54 ANSWER 45: Joseph Smith, Jr.
Founder of Mormonism & author of the Book of Mormon Visited by the angel Moroni in 1823 Clued in to the existence of the Golden Plates Moved to Kirtland, Ohio, then Independence, Missouri, then Nauvoo, Illinois (which he founded) Worked with Oliver Cowdery, his scribe Killed by a mob in jail in Carthage, Illinois in 1844 Jailed after his followers destroyed the printing press of a sect who disagreed with “plural marriage”

55 ANSWER 46: Bahaism 19th C. syncretic offshoot of Shia Islam
All religions fundamentally worship the same god All people are one and all religions valid Use practices & scriptures from other religions Founded by Bahaullah, nee Mirza Hysayn Ali Nuri Bahaullah and most early Bahais had been Babis Babis were followers of the Bab (“Gate,”) a (slightly) earlier preacher from Persia Believes religious founders were Manifestations of God Calendar of 19 months of 19 days (plus 4 or 5 intercalary) Symbolized by 9-point star Basic texts by Bahaullah: Book of Laws (Kitab-i-Aqdas) & Book of Certitude (Kitab-i-Iqan)

56 ANSWER 47: Jehovah’s Witnesses
American Christian sect founded c by Charles Taze Russell Publishes a newsletter called The Watchtower Refuse blood transfusion or donation Worship in Kingdom Halls Grew out of the Movement of Bible Students Believe that exactly 144,000 people go to Heaven Believe that end times began October 1, 1914

57 ANSWER 48: Christian Science
American Christian sect founded 1879 by Mary Baker Eddy After recovering from a slip & fall in Lynn, MA, 1866 Refuse most medical treatment, preferring to trust in the power of prayer Worship in Churches of Christ, Scientist Central text: Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (by Eddy) Also Manual of the Mother Church Christian Science Mother Church built in Boston, 1894

58 ANSWER 49: Rastafarianism
Jamaican offshoot of Ethiopic Christianity founded c. 1930 Revere Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I (Ras Tafari) Also integrate pan-African/back-to-Africa ideologies Consider Marcus Garvey a saint/prophet Call god Jah (short form of Jehovah) Dietary code called I-tal Sacred text Holy Piby Holiday Grounation Day (Haile Selassie 1966 visit to Jamaica) Sometimes erroneously “Groundation” in questions Sects known as Mansions Bobo Ashanti, Nyabinghi, 12 Tribes of Israel

59 ANSWER 50: Nation of Islam
Black nationalist American sect founded c. 1930 Most members converted to orthodox Sunni Islam 1976; the current group is a revival created 1977 Led by Malcolm X, Elijah Muhammad & Louis Farrakhan Founder Wallace Fard Muhammad Believed to be god (Allah) incarnate Believe in giant flying saucers called Mother Planes Believe white people are devils resulting from “grafting” by scientist Yakub

60 End of Part 3

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