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  1. What are the differences between the Hindu Creation Story and the Christian Creation Story?

    God made a garden home for the man and woman. It was called the Garden of Eden. He told them they could eat fruit from all the trees in the garden except the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The serpent lied to Eve and she ate of the fruit. She gave some to Adam and he also ate of it. They had not been obedient and they had to leave their beautiful home. After that, they had to work hard and had many troubles. Genesis Ch.3 V.16: "To the woman he said, "I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children.

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  2. Hinduism - Death and the afterlife AO1, AO2, AO3

    Hindus believe that what happens in this life, affects what will happen to them in their next life. This is known as Karma. If they do good things, they will get rewards in their next life and if they do bad things, they will be punished in their next life and could be reborn into a poor family or they could be born with a disability. This idea is backed up by the quote: "The world cannot subsist for a single moment without yajna.

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  3. R.S. Assessment - Comparing Hindu and Christian weddings

    The priest then prepares the sacred fire, which the couple face. A mark of coloured powder is put on their foreheads as a sign of their taking part in the ceremony. Offerings are prepared for the deities and the priest asks them to bless the wedding. The bride may wear a red dot know as a tilak sign of her being married. The couple repeat prayers and blessings recited by the priest and a sprinkling of a mixture of ghlee and grains into the flames of the sacred fire. They walk around the fire the seven steps took represents: Food, Energy, Wealth, Happiness, Children, Seasons and Friendship.

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  4. Being brought up in hinduism

    Flowers, scented oils and perfumes may be offered to the mother and she is given the tastiest of foods. The birth of the baby in the Hindu religion is a very happy occasion, but there are a lot of ceremonies which take place in a short space of time. These include the symbolic washing of the baby where a priest sprinkles water on the baby and the mother as well as chanting prayers for strength and safety. When the father holds the baby for the first time, he places a gold ornament or ring in a mixture of ghee and honey and places it on the lips of the baby.

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  5. Hindu marriage ceremony

    Rama and Sita - Vishnu came to earth in the form of Rama - Rama was sent to defeat the demons that were scaring and terrorising the people - Son of King Dasharatha - second wife was given 3 wishes. They were used to ensure Bharatha became King and Rama was sent into exile in the forest - Sita, his wife remained faithful and stayed with him.

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  6. Ten Commandments

    You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. 4. You shall remember and keep the Sabbath day holy. 5. Respect your father and mother. 6. You must not kill. 7. You must not commit adultery. 8. You must not steal. 9. You must not give false evidence against your neighbour. 10. You must not be envious of your neighbour's goods. You shall not be envious of his house nor his wife, nor anything that belongs to your neighbour.

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  7. Embryos Are Not People Right or Wrong?

    was taking place. In vitro fertilisation is basically fertilising a woman's egg in a test tube. Once the egg has been fertilised by a man's sperm, the egg is then implanted into the woman's womb. However, there is one major drawback; doctors need many attempts before an embryo actually implants. So as a result, the embryos were frozen and were saved for future use. A new law was made stating that the embryos could not be stored for more than five years unless they had the couples consent. By 1996, 5 years had passed and thus meaning that the clinics had to contact the embryo owners regarding their decision; to keep or destroy their embryos.

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  8. Explain how believing that Vedas and Upanishads are holy books might affect the lives of Hindus

    This does not mean that Christian's think it is right for people to commit suicide, but means that they are forgiving and try to help them. On the other hand, Christians believe that it is immoral to commit suicide as God chooses when we die, it is selfish as relatives and friends will be hurt, suicide is killing yourself, which is against the will of God; 'You shall not kill,' and because God lives in each person; 'you are the temple of God.'

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  9. What are the Beliefs of Hinduism about equality?

    In the Bhagavad Gita it sayd that ; I look upon creatures equally' (Bhagavad Gita 9.29). this means that it doesn't matter if it is a insect, animal or a human you can always be treated equally. Hindu's believe that everyone share a link. Hindu's believe that it wrong to be prejudiced against someone else because of there background. The first leader for stopping racism is Mahatma Gandhi. He wanted to fight the untouchables. He wanted to stop violence. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born into a merchant family in india 2 october 1869. In 1893 he was deeply troubles be the racism he experienced against indians.

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  10. Hinduism and Peace

    The Upanishad states that "there is nothing greater than Dharma, righteousness, or justice." Universal Dharma calls for all adherents to "practise right conduct" (Upanishad), but there is also specific Dharma which is based on the caste system. The Ten Commitments are also an important teaching, and Ahimsa, or non-violence is perhaps the greatest of these pertaining to the notion of peace. In Hinduism, peace is not only important within oneself, but it is highly important to act peaceably toward others, because of the eschatological consequences.

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  11. Hinduism and Peace

    The key understanding of a Hindu's world view is dharma. The dharma according to the Tattririya Aranyaka states "Dharma is the foundation of the whole universe, upon dharma everything is founded." Dharma helps create harmony and peace through the interaction of humans in differing levels (the four Varnas - castes). Through the four rules of right conduct, right caste, right sexual morality and the right end a Hindu adherent is able to fulfill their duties based on their caste. In the Bhagavad Gita it states "strive in one's own dharma".

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  12. Free essay

    Discussing the life of Gandhi.

    Gandhi strongly believed in the idea of non-violence. His beliefs have been adopted into the Hindu religion and are widely considered both a development in the growth of the faith, as well as a physical expression of Hindu beliefs. Mahatma Gandhi believed that religiously it gave Hindu's spiritual insight and, in terms of aiding the Indian population, he could: "convert the British people through non-violence, and thus make them see the wrong they have done to India." Today many well-known phrases in relation to non-violence are partials of Gandhi's famous speeches.

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  13. AO1 Describe the Teachings...

    The Atman is what a Hindu believes is his or her eternal soul. The Atman is immune from disease and can never die instead it just passes from body to body. The circle of life, death and rebirth is known as samsara. In respect of the human body, Hindu's believe it is just a vessel to carry the Atman through its journey to Moksha and once the body is dead it is no longer important or needed. Reincarnation is when the atman passes from one for of existence to another.

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  14. Hindu Marriage

    The father then goes on to pour out a libation of sacred water symbolizing the giving away of the daughter to the bride groom. The groom is then requested by the father as a condition for offering his daughter for marriage, to promise to assist the bride in his moral duty (dharma), the earning of money (artha) and the enjoyment of sacred things in life (kama). The groom makes the promise by repeating three times that he will not fail the bride in fulfilling dharma, artha and kama.

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  15. The Nature of Belief

    The uses of music and art are traditional forms of Hindu devotion. Carvings of gods (Bhagvan) decorate most Hindu temples. The most important symbol in Hinduism is the "Aum" symbol which has many meanings. One meaning is that it is the universal sound. The outside of a Hindu temple would normally have carvings of mythological themes, legendary subjects, mythical animals, and many others to take one away from dullness. Some Hindu temples which have many of these carvings are the Kandariya temple, Minakshi temple and Mahabodhi temple in India. In Hinduism a temple is known as a "Mandir".

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  16. hinduism: ahimsa

    For example, we're constantly killing millions of bacteria and germs per second. A life with no fear, no pain, and no harassment is what most people hope for. Once again, I don't believe there's a solution for all the conflicts in the world to stop so that we can live in absolute peace. But I do believe that less fear, less pain, and less harassment can be achieved through having faith in ahimsa and applying it in our everyday lives. If we can just take the first step towards our idolized world by watching what we say and do, it's a much better decision than waiting around for an answer to 'world peace' that might not ever come.

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  17. Describe the part that art and music plays in the worship and spiritual life of Hinduism

    Music and art play main parts in the worship and spiritual life of all devout Hindus. Sound (Nada) also known in Hinduism as Nada is believed to be the centre of the process of creation. In Hinduism it is believed that the sacred symbol 'Om' embodies the essence of the Universe, and it is through the sound, Om, the primary energy holds the material world (which is Maya) together which is believed to prevent Hindus from reaching Moksha (were the Atman (soul) is released from its Vessel (body) and joins Brahman on a higher plain of existence). Nada Brahman is a primary word in Hindu spirituality, a word that also refers to India's great classical music.

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  18. RE Coursework Section B - Hinduism

    As some people also find it hard to concentrate at home, the Mandir can help them focus on worship as everyone else is also worshipping so they can concentrate easier than at home where they could be distracted. There are three different forms of worship. This includes: * Havan * Arti * Bhajan Havan involves offering small offerings/sacrifices to the Gods/Goddesses. A small fire will be lit by the priest in front of the Murti using wood and ghee. Passages of the Vedas are read while wood and ghee are added to keep the fire burning.

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  19. The Macabean Revolt

    After a while Antiochus got fed up and thought that this reason was not a good enough reason. He then started to think that he himself was a god but the Jews thought that this was a crazy idea and would not hear anything of it. They refused to bow down to him as it was against their religion, and when he started calling himself 'Epiphanes' (the shining one) they had a play on words and called him using a Latin word meaning 'mad man'. As Antiochus was so outraged that the Jews would not worship him he banned any type of Jewish worship.

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  20. Shinto - An Ancient Religion

    In the early Nara period (710 AD to 784 AD), the Kojiki and the Nihon Shoki were written, which meant Japanese mythology was kept in records by gathering well-known fables and legends. The Kojiki, in greater detail, is a text which explains the creation of all the kami. The Nihon Shoki, like the Kojiki, begins with mythological tales, but extends into the modern events of the Shinto religion. The picture on the right shows an updated version of the Kojiki.

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  21. Did Gandhi's influence help to achieve Indian Independence quicker or did he hinder it?

    More importantly it could have avoided the partition of the country. People at the time lost respect for the British and were desperate to be free from their grip, Gandhi seemed like their only hope, we can see this from what a famous Indian writer and historian had to say: "Europe has completely lost her former moral prestige in Asia. She is no longer regarded as the champion throughout the world of fair dealing and the exponent of high principle, but as the up holder of Western race supremacy and the exploiter of those outside her borders" -Rabindranath Tagore.

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  22. Cities and Myths of Ancient West Asia

    The Eanna precinct was dedicated to Inanna. A ziqqurat was constructed under the command of King Ur Nammu (2112-2095 B.C.E). "To serve as an elevated platform for a temple to Inanna" (p.6 Primacy Source) Amid the rubble of temples in the Eanna precinct found ""Warka Vase," an " alabaster cult vessel 39 inches high with a scene of priest- king making on offering to the goddess Inanna , which symbolizes the religious roles that were produced in the Mesopotamian city of Uruk. Uruk was renowned for its wall, which cuneiform texts say were first built years ago by king Gilgamesh.

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  23. Select and Describe and Explain the importance of Hindu Worship in the Temple

    The mandir is a special place for the encounter between the worshipper and the divine. They are not usually used as a meeting place for a congregation but are mainly used for individual worship or for small groups. The Hindu temple is a symbol of the universe and the different deigns and plans correspond to the different regions of the earth, sky and homes of the various gods. The basic shape of the mandir is meant to be in the shape of a mountain to provide an elegant and splendid place for the gods and goddesses to dwell.

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  24. What factors did an architect have to consider when designing a temple?

    I'm going to focus on two specific sanctuaries in Greece. These will be the Sanctuary of Delphi and the Sanctuary of Olympia. These sanctuaries have very different characteristics in the sense that the ground on which they stand is quite diverse. The Sanctuary if Delphi is a pan-Hellenic temple meaning it is important to the whole of Greece. It contains several vital buildings which are very special to the Greek people. These buildings include the Treasury of Sikion, the Treasury of the Syphnians, the Treasury of the Athenians, the Stoa of the Athenians and most importantly, the great Temple of Apollo which also housed the Pythia.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • To what extent were the builders of the Erechtheion successful in solving the problems caused by the site and position of the temple?

    "conclusion, whether the builders of the Erechtheion were successful in solving the problems caused by the site and the position. In order to do this, I will be using evidence such as illustrations, ground plans and different viewpoints of the Erechtheion. I will analysis the Erechtheion through the individual elevations. A comparison of the Erechtheion and a regular hexastyle temple will be an imperative feature when dealing with the abnormalities and potential problems of the Erechtheion. Throughout this essay"

  • Compare and contrast the iconography and mythology of at least two major Hindu deities.

    "With many people being unable to read during and around the Puranic period, the iconography became of vast importance. People relied on the pictures to tell them the stories of the gods and that is a large reason why each aspect of the icon represents something different, to tell the story of the god. For example, Vishnu's lotus he holds symbolises his purity and the fire Shiva encircles is representing the life cycle of the universe. However, this essay does not attempt to deny the importance of the scriptures, as without them, the pictures are merely pictures and not visions of spirituality. In conclusion, although this essay has looked at Vishnu and Shiva individually as separate deities, the focus must be left on them as one, for that is what they are, existing only with each other. The cycle of the universe relies on all of them, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, to continue for if one were to disappear, the chain of the creation, destruction and recreation of the world would be broken. "Germination creates the tree, destroys the seed and preserves the species; the joiner creates the table, destroys the tree and preserves the wood" (Larousse, 1965:211). 1"

  • To what extent were propaganda and national pride as important as religion in the design, construction and decoration of the Parthenon?

    "Conclusion I think that the answer to the title is slightly ambiguous. I believe that Pericles wanted to see his fair city become a shining monument to the people and win favour as a politician. But I think that it could be seen as cynicism of the people today that people of ancient Greece could be so dedicated to religion and chose to spend a great deal of money on so huge a project. Perhaps they wanted to show their piety and appreciation to the gods that after so many violent wars, their city was still here. So to conclude, I believe that national pride was hugely important in the building of the Parthenon, and although it seems that religion took a lower priority, it may have been just as important as national pride in the building of the Parthenon."

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