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Sacred Origins of Profound Things: The Stories Behind the Rites and Rituals of the World's Religions, CHARLES PANATI

Author:    CHARLES PANATI

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

Binding:   Trade

Book Condition:   New

Publisher:    Penguin (Non-Classics) December 1996

ISBN Number:    0140195335 / 9780140195330

Seller ID:   20070831121245

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

* 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.

Price = 15.95 USD



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