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 Judaism and Buddhism

Josh Brady

 History

Judaism:

Judaism is a monotheistic religion, I know this because there is only one god that is worshiped in the religion. The god that is worshiped in Judism is called either god or, "He who is." The main religious books that this religion uses is the Tohrah, and The Jewish Bible. Judaism was founded sometime around 1500 B.E. by bible characters, "Abraham," "Isaac," and "Jacob." In Judism people worship in temples called synagogues. The religion was founded in Ancient Isreal.

Buddhism:

Buddhism is a nontheistic religion, I know this because they believe there are gods. But, they believe the gods are stuck in "Samsara." Samsara means that they are constantly being rebirthed and can't stop. So by that the gods are unable to be accesed. Buddhism was founded around the 4th Century B.C.E. by Siddhartha Gautama in Ancient India. In Buddhism no one  worships any gods, but they do have many beliefs about life. One of their beliefs is reincarnation, which is the belief that after you die you get another life on earth. Buddhists worship at home at shrines or at a Buddhist temple. The main Buddhist sacred texts are the Sutta Pitaka, and the Vinaya Pitaka.

Symbols

Star of David: To represent the shape of King David's sheid.

Dharmacakra: Used to represent the Noble Eightfold Path of Buddhism.

The  Endless Knot: Used to represent Buddha's endless knowledge and kindness.

Menorah: Used to represent the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.

Swastika: Used to represent good fortune and well being.

Chai: To represent the importance of life.

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