More Religions! Complements String A.
9 small flags on a string with more symbols of religions, including
Mayan, African, Jainism, Shinto, Wiccan, Confucian, Baha'i, Sikh.
Flag 1. African
The Akua'ba is a Goddess symbol used for good luck in many parts of
Africa, and is especially worn by women and children as a charm to lend
protection, fertility and good fortune. It is primarily from the Ashanti
tribe in Nigeria.
Flag 2. Mayan
The Hunab Ku symbol represents the center of the Galaxy. The complex and
highly developed Mayan systemof astrology is based on our relationship
with this center at our birth. The Mayan tradition is an ancient Native
path from Central America.
Flag 3. Jain
Jainism contains many elements similar to Hinduism and Buddhism. The
world's almost 4 million Jains are almost entirely located in India.
They practice Ahimsa: non violence, and believe committing an act of
violence against a human, animal, or even vegetable generates negative
Flag 4. Confucian
The social ethics and moral teachings of Confucius are an ethical system
to which rituals at important times during one's lifetime have been
added. His writings deal primarily with individual morality and ethics,
and the proper exercise of political power by the rulers. The most
important periods recognized in the Confucian tradition
are birth, reaching maturity, marriage, and death. This Chinese motif
means "joy together", chosen at random because there is no traditional
symbol for Confucianism.
Flag 5. Shinto
Shinto is an ancient Japanese religion, closely tied to nature, which
recognizes the existance of various "Kami", nature dieties. All the Kami
are benign and serve only to sustain and protect. Shinto has no written
scriptures, no body of religious law, and only a very loosely organized
priesthood. Ancestors are deeply revered and worshipped. All human life
and human nature is sacred. Tradition and the family are very
Flag 6. Wiccan pentacle
Symbolic of life and health in ancient times, the pentacle has been used
as a strong protective charm. The five pointed star is used in many
traditions, and in Wicca, a shamanic nature religion from Europe, it
shows an image of how energy flows through stages of life, corresponding
to the five points of thehuman body.
Flag 7. Zoroastrian
The sacred fire burns on an altar, representing the light which gives
all life. Following the prophet Zoroaster, this tradition emphasizes
purity and Divine light. He preached what may have been the first
monotheism with a single supreme god, Ahura Mazda.
Zoroastrians worship through prayers and symbolic ceremonies that are
conducted before a sacred fire which symbolizes their God. They dedicate
their lives to a three-fold path represented by their motto: "Good
thoughts, good words, good deeds."
Flag 8. Baha'i
The Baha'i religion is one of the newest of the religions of the
prophets, and encourages world peace by teaching tolerance and honoring
all paths to God. Their symbol is a nine pointed star. Bahá'í beliefs
promote gender and race equality, freedom of expression and assembly,
world peace and world government. The Bahá'í Faith arose from Islam in
the 1800s and is now a worldwide faith.
Flag 9. Sikh
The circle of unity contains the double edged sword representing the
power of truth, and is surrounded by two curved daggers, representing
the act of willingness to defend the faith. Sikhs believe in a single
formless God with many names, who can be known
through meditation. Sikhs pray many times each day and are prohibited
from worshipping idols or icons. They believe in samsara, karma, and
reincarnation as Hindus do but reject the caste system. They believe
that everyone has equal status in the eyes of God.
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