Glossary of Religion

Glossary of Religion

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Learn the definitions of religious terms and concepts with our extensive Glossary of Religion. Choose a letter above or explore the random terms below.


aureole
A halo that surrounds a sacred figure's whole body.
dharmachakra mudra
Buddhist hand gesture representing the turning of the wheel (of dharma).
endless knot
Buddhist symbol representing the Buddha's endless wisdom and compassion.
Baha'i
A religion that arose out of the Persian Islamic sect Babi in the 1860s. It was founded by Bahaullah who claimed to be the prophet foretold by Ali Mohammed Shirazi, the founder of the Babi sect. Bahaism emphasizes both social goals and spritual truths: the oneness of God, the unity of all faiths, the harmony of all people, universal education, obedience to government, the importance of personal conscience, and the inevitable unification of humankind.
Ganesha
("Lord of Hosts"). Also Ganesha, Vinayaka, Ekadanta, Lambodara, Siddhadata, Vighnaraja. God of wisdom and good fortune, represented with a pot belly and the head of an elephant. Ganesh has been one of the most popular Hindu gods since medieval times and is claimed by all sects as their own. As the remover of obstacles, he is invoked before religious ceremonies and worldly undertakings.
abhaya mudra
Buddhist hand gesture representing fearlessness.
Council of Nicea
Council of Christian bishops convened by Emperor Constantine in 325 in modern-day Iznik, Turkey. Condemned Arianism as a heresy and produced the Nicene Creed.
baptismal cross
Cross with eight points, symbolizing regeneration.
Five Wounds
The five wounds of Christ suffered during the Passion: the piercing of his two hands, two feet and side. Devotion to the Five Wounds developed in the Middle Ages.
lotus
Decorative motif of highly conventionalized flowers or buds derived from certain Egyptian plants; common in ancient Egyptian art and, in classicizing styles, in anthemions.

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Title Glossary of Religion
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Last UpdatedFebruary 13, 2021
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MLA Citation “Glossary of Religion.” ReligionFacts.com. 13 Feb. 2021. Web. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021. <religionfacts.com/glossary>