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Spiritual Asia: An Anthropological Review

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Author Youssef Bassil
ISSN 2225-7217
On Pages 886-891
Volume No. 2
Issue No. 10
Issue Date December 01, 2012
Publishing Date December 01, 2012
Keywords Anthropology of Religion, Religions in Asia, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Jainism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism



Abstract

Asia is the largest and most densely inhabited continent in the world, comprising a wide variety of ethnic groups and races, each of which following a diversity of different religions, beliefs, and rituals. Asia is regarded as the origin of the world's mainstream religions including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, among others. This paper discusses from an anthropological perspective the major Far Eastern religions in relation to each other, shedding the light on their origins and histories, their different religious beliefs and doctrines, their sacred rituals, and their practices across cultures. The East Asian religions tackled are respectively Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Jainism, Taoism, and Zoroastrianism.


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