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.


dharma wheel
(Sanskrit dharmachakra). Buddhist symbol representing the Buddha's teachings. Often used as a symbol of Buddhism.
treasure vase
Buddhist symbol of spiritual and material wealth, abundance, and good fortune.
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.
endless knot
Buddhist symbol representing the Buddha's endless wisdom and compassion.
dhyana mudra
Buddhist hand gesture representing meditation.
golden fishes
(Sanskrit suvarnamatsya). Buddhist symbol of good fortune, fertility and salvation.
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.
mezuzah
(Hebrew, "doorpost"). Small parchment of Torah verses placed on the doorpost of Jewish homes in obedience to Deut. 6:9.
parasol
Buddhist symbol of royalty and spiritual power.
Jesus
The central figure of Christianity, considered by most believers and scholars to be a historical figure who was a Jewish teacher and miracle-worker in the Roman province of Palestine around 30 CE. Christians further believe Jesus was the Son of God who died for the sins of humankind and came back from the dead three days after his execution.

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Title Glossary of Religion
Published
Last UpdatedFebruary 13, 2021
URL religionfacts.com/glossary
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MLA Citation “Glossary of Religion.” ReligionFacts.com. 13 Feb. 2021. Web. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021. <religionfacts.com/glossary>