Sacred Origins of Profound Things: The Stories Behind the Rites and Rituals of the World's Religions
Sacred Origins of Profound Things: The Stories Behind the Rites and Rituals of the World's Religions  -     By: Charles Panati
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 594
Vendor: Penguin Random House
Publication Date: 1996
Dimensions: 9.2 X 6.1 X 1.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0140195335
ISBN-13: 9780140195330

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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.

Author Bio

Charles Panati, a former physicist and for six years a science editor for Newsweek, has made a career out of exploring the origins of things. He is the author of thirteen fiction and nonfiction books, including the bestselling Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things. He lives in Long Island, New York.

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