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Sacred Origins of Profound Things : The Stories Behind the Rites and Rituals of the World's Religions
by Charles Panati


Overview - In this enlightening and entertaining work Charles Panati explores the origins of hundreds of religious rituals, customs, and practices in many faiths, the reasons for religious holidays and sacred symbols, and the meanings of vestments, sacraments, devotions, and prayers.  Read more...

 
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Overview
In this enlightening and entertaining work Charles Panati explores the origins of hundreds of religious rituals, customs, and practices in many faiths, the reasons for religious holidays and sacred symbols, and the meanings of vestments, sacraments, devotions, and prayers. Its many revelations include why the Star of David became the Jewish counterpart of the Christian cross; what mortal remains of the Buddha are venerated today; how the diamond engagement ring became a standard; that the first pope was a happily married man; how Hindu thinkers arrived at their concept of reincarnation; and why Jews don't eat pork, why some Muslims don't eat certain vegetables, and how some Christians came to observe meatless Fridays. Sacred Origins of Profound Things is an indispensable resource for all those interested in the history of religion and the history of ideas - and an inspiring guide to those seeking to understand their faith.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780140195330
  • ISBN-10: 0140195335
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Publish Date: December 1996
  • Page Count: 594
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds


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