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The great religions
Welcome to our central asset documentation. There is a wide repertoire of information on the five great world religions as well as some very specific information from our temporary exhibitions. The entire documentation below, you will learn about the history that has shaped the great religions of the world and will also help you understand the traditions and ideologies of different peoples around us. In addition, the section "The meeting of beliefs" is enhanced several times a year. Visit us regularly!
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||Buddhism first appeared during the seventh century. Its founder Siddhartha
Gautama, son of a king, was born in Northern India, close to Nepal’ s
||It is only in year one of our era that the term « Catholic » first appeared. It
designated a unified Christianity and it also indicated a geographically universal
church, that transcended the linguistic, racial and national differences. The
sole criterion of the allegiance to Christianity was the communion with both
the universal church and archibishop of Rome.
||Contrary to most other religions, Hinduism has no official founder nor
doctrine or unified belief. Hindus generally concur that God is present in all
things, living or not in the universe and that He transcends them all, that the
essence of each soul is supernal . Finally, An adherent of Hinduism believes
that the whole purpose of our existence consists of becoming aware of this
||Hinduism is an amalgam of three major beliefs : The aborigines : Aboriginal
people, The Dravidians : People speaking Indian languages but who may
not be Indo-European natives, The Indo-Europeans: Nomad people who
invaded India during the second millenium of our Christian era.
|Au nom d'Allah
||The youngest of the three great monotheistic religions, Islam is the religious
faith of Muslims. Its origin goes back to Ishmael, son of Abraham and Hagar.
Abraham is considered to be the first Jewish prophet. To ensure his line of
descent, Abraham wed Hagar when his first wife Sarah could not provide
offsprings. Later, when Sarah gave birth to Isaac, she urged Abraham to
banish Ishmael and Hagar from the tribe. According to the Koran, the sacred
text of Islam, Ishmael fled to Mecca, city situated in Saudi Arabia. Ishmael’s
descendants became Muslim while Isaac’s became Jews.
||Jew’s religion or Judaism incorporates religious rituals and a moral code of
conduct. It also lies on the Hebrew people’s history on which celebrations
and rituals are inspired. Today, Judaism brings together people of all races
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