Hidden Religion: The Greatest Mysteries and Symbols of the World's Religious Beliefs, 1st Edition

  • Micah Issitt
  • Carlyn Main
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  • ISBN-10: 1610694783
  • ISBN-13: 9781610694780
  • DDC: 200
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 504 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released December 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2015
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Overview

Hidden Religion: The Greatest Mysteries and Symbols of the World's Religious Beliefs not only explores the history and origins of widely recognizable symbols, like the Christian cross and the Star of David, but also introduces readers to more obscure symbols from religious traditions around the world-even defunct ones like those of the ancient Aztec and Mayan societies. In addition, the book discusses the "religious secrets" found in the major religions, including secret societies of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism. Containing more than 170 entries, the encyclopedia is organized by religious category, such as Abrahamic, East Asian, and African Diasporic religions, then alphabetically within each category. Each entry is prefaced with a short introduction that explains where and when the religious tradition originated and describes the religion today. This information is followed by an analysis of the historical development and use of symbols along with an explanation of connections between symbols used by different religions, such as shared astrological symbolism in the form of moon, sun, or star motifs.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
Preface.
Introduction: History and Mystery.
1: Abrahamic and Iranian Religions.
2: Judaism.
3: Chai Symbol.
4: Gematria.
5: Kabbalah.
6: Kiddush Cup.
7: Menorah.
8: Mezuzah.
9: Sephirot.
10: Star of David.
11: Zionist Conspiracy Theories.
12: Christianity and Catholicism.
13: Christ-myth Theory.
14: College of Cardinals.
15: Cross.
16: Dove.
17: Eye of God.
18: Fish.
19: Freemasonry.
20: The Knights Templar.
21: Latter-day Saints.
22: Olive Branch.
23: Opus Dei.
24: Secrets of Fatima.
25: Vatican Secret Archives.
26: Gnosticism.
27: Eight-armed Cross.
28: Ouroboros.
29: Secrets of the Naassenes.
30: Islam.
31: Ismaili Assassins.
32: Rub-el-hizb.
33: Shahadatain.
34: Star and Crescent.
35: Sufism.
36: Women in Islam.
37: Baha'i.
38: Baha'i Calendar.
39: Nine-pointed Star.
40: Ringstone Symbol.
41: Rastafarianism.
42: Haile Selassie.
43: Lion of Judah.
44: Marijuana.
45: Rastafarian Flag.
46: Zoroastrianism.
47: Faravahar.
48: Firepot.
49: The Life of Zoroaster.
50: Dharmic Religions.
51: Hinduism.
52: Hanuman.
53: Kali Cults.
54: The Kama Sutra.
55: Om Symbol.
56: Swastika.
57: Tantrism.
58: Trishula.
59: Yantras.
60: Buddhism.
61: Ashoka and the Nine Unknown Men.
62: Buddhist Demons and Monsters.
63: Conch Shell.
64: Dharmachakra.
65: Eyes of Buddha.
66: The Life of Buddha.
67: Lotus.
68: White Lotus Society.
69: Zen and Chan Buddhism.
70: Jainism.
71: Jain Emblem.
72: Jainism and Science.
73: Time in Jain Cosmology.
74: Sikhism.
75: Ek Onkar.
76: Khalsa Knighthood.
77: Khanda.
78: The Rehat Maryada.
79: East Asian Religions.
80: Taoism.
81: Alchemy.
82: The Celestial Bureaucracy.
83: Eight Trigrams.
84: Feng Shui.
85: Traditional Chinese Medicine.
86: Yin-yang Symbol.
87: Shinto.
88: Kagura.
89: Kami.
90: Tomoe.
91: Torii Gate.
92: Confucianism.
93: Canonical Confucianism.
94: Double Happiness Symbol.
95: The Life of Confucius.
96: Shui.
97: Xiao.
98: Falun Gong.
99: Falun Gong Emblem.
100: Qigong.
101: African Religious Traditions.
102: Native Religions of Africa.
103: Adinkra Symbols.
104: Cattle in Maasai Spirituality.
105: Kuba Masks.
106: Zulu Divination.
107: Ancient Egyptian Religion.
108: Animals in Egyptian Religion.
109: Ankh.
110: Isis Worship.
111: Loa and Orisha Worship.
112: African Mermaid Myths.
113: Animal Sacrifice.
114: The Bizango and Zombification.
115: The Haitian Loa.
116: Indigenous American Religions.
117: Mayan Religion.
118: Jaguar.
119: The Mayan Calendar.
120: Aztec Religion.
121: Human Sacrifice.
122: Quetzalcoatl.
123: Tenochtitlan.
124: Incan Religion.
125: Andean Mummification Rituals.
126: Chakana.
127: Water Spirits.
128: Native American Religion.
129: Coyote.
130: The Ghost Dance Movement.
131: Great Spirit Symbolism.
132: Kokopelli.
133: Medicine Wheel.
134: Peyote Rituals.
135: Rain Dance.
136: Symbols of the Sun.
137: Totem Pole.
138: Oceanic Religions.
139: Australian Aboriginal Religion.
140: Dreamtime.
141: Kangaroo.
142: The Rainbow Serpent.
143: Uluru and Kata Tjuta.
144: Polynesian Religion.
145: The Moai.
146: Ritual Tattooing.
147: Tapu and Mana.
148: Tiki.
149: Western Paganism.
150: Ancient Greek and Roman Religion.
151: Dionysus.
152: Hellenism Symbol.
153: Mithraic Mysteries.
154: New Age and Neo-pagan Spirituality.
155: Horned God Symbol.
156: Mjolnir.
157: Nature Worship.
158: Pentagrams and Pentacles.
159: Satanism.
160: Stonehenge.
161: The Triple Goddess and Triple Spiral.
162: Wicca and the Goddess Movement.
Glossary of Terminology.
Selected Bibliography.
Index.
About the Authors.