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ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vessels ablution
principal sacred text of Sikhism contains hymns and poetry as well as the teachings of the first five gurus Adi Granth , Granth , Granth Sahib
doctrine that life is sacred ahimsa
Buddhist and Hindu and especially Jainist doctrine holding that all forms of life are sacred and urging the avoidance of violence ahimsa
sacred writings of Islam revealed by God to the prophet Muhammad during his life at Mecca and Medina al-Qur'an , Book , Koran , Quran
sacred song usually of joy or praise anthem
(Judaism) sacred chest where the ancient Hebrews kept the two tablets containing the Ten Commandments Ark , Ark of the Covenant
radiant light around a sacred person aureole
(Hinduism) the sacred `song of God' composed about 200 BC and incorporated into the Mahabharata (a Sanskrit epic); contains a discussion between Krishna and the Indian hero Arjuna on human nature and the purpose of life Bhagavad-Gita , Bhagavadgita , Gita
sacred writings of the Christian religions Bible , Book , Christian Bible , Good Book , Holy Scripture , Holy Writ , Scripture , Word , Word of God
mountains in southwestern South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming; sacred to the Sioux (whites settling in the Black Hills led to the Battle of Little Bighorn); site of Mount Rushmore Black Hills
person who speaks disrespectfully of sacred things blasphemer
blasphemous language (expressing disrespect for God or for something sacred) blasphemy
blasphemous behavior; the act of depriving something of its sacred character blasphemy , desecration , profanation , sacrilege
blue Egyptian lotus: held sacred by the Egyptians blue lotus , Nymphaea caerulea
fig tree of India noted for great size and longevity; lacks the prop roots of the banyan; regarded as sacred by Buddhists bo tree , Ficus religiosa , peepul , pipal , pipal tree , pipul , sacred fig
sacred text revealed to Joseph Smith in 1830 by an ancient prophet Mormon; supposedly a record of ancient peoples of America translated by Joseph Smith Book of Mormon
religious beliefs of ancient India as prescribed in the sacred Vedas and Brahmanas and Upanishads Brahmanism , Brahminism
(Islam) a black stone building in Mecca that is shaped like a cube and that is the most sacred Muslim pilgrim shrine; believed to have been given by Gabriel to Abraham; Muslims turn in its direction when praying Caaba , Kaaba
sacred city of Lamaism; known as the Forbidden City for its former inaccessibility and hostility to strangers capital of Tibet , Forbidden City , Lassa , Lhasa
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