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    MAJOR RELIGIONS OF THE WORLD

    I would request to post credible information regarding the Major Religions of the World. The objective should be to learn about them not to criticize them.


     

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    The exact number of religions in the world is unknown. Best estimates place the number around 4200. Of this number, a dozen have been classified as “major world religions.” The following list mentions the twelve major world religions in alphabetical order:

    Baha’I (7 million adherents)

    Buddhism (360 million)

    Christianity (2 billion)

    Confucianism (6 million)

    Hinduism (900 million)

    Islam (1.3 billion)

    Jainism (4 million)

    Judaism (14 million)

    Shinto (4 million)

    Sikhism (23 million)

    Daoism (2.7 million)

    Zoroastrianism (150,000)
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    Classical World Religions Ranked by Internal Religious Similarity:
    Most Unified to Most Diverse

    1. Baha'i
    2. Zoroastrianism
    3. Sikhism
    4. Islam
    5. Jainism
    6. Judaism
    7. Taoism
    8. Shinto
    9. Christianity
    10. Buddhism
    11. Hinduism

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    Bhai Faith:

    The Bahá'í Faith is the youngest of the world's independent religions. Its founder, Bahá'u'lláh (1817-1892), is regarded by Bahá'ís as the most recent in the line of Messengers of God that stretches back beyond recorded time and that includes Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Krishna, Zoroaster, Christ and Muhammad.

    source: bahai dot org

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    If we study Islam , we will come to know , that one thing is very important and repeated again and again in Islamic teachings , that is....

    Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) is the last Messenger of Allah.

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    Zoroastrianism

    is one of the world's oldest monotheistic religions.

    It was founded by the Prophet Zoroaster in ancient Iran approximately 3500 years ago. Zoroastrian worship is not prescriptive. Its followers can choose whether they wish to pray and how.
    Zoroaster was born in Northeast Iran or Southwest Afghanistan and founded Zoroastrianism in approximately 1200 BCE.

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    As for them...........There are neither sins nor sinners in God's eyes and there is no condemnation or damnation in God's heart and thus there will be no Last Day of Judgement.

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    It is now one of the world's smallest religions with around a quarter of a million followers worldwide. There are 4000 Zoroastrians living in Britain.

    * Zoroastrians believe there is one God called Ahura Mazda (Wise Lord) and He created the world.
    * Zoroastrians are not fire-worshippers, as some Westerners wrongly believe. Zoroastrians believe that the elements are pure and that fire represents God's light or wisdom.
    * Ahura Mazda revealed the truth through the Prophet, Zoroaster.
    * Zoroastrians traditionally pray several times a day.
    * Zoroastrians worship communally in a Fire Temple or Agiary.
    * The Zoroastrian book of Holy Scriptures is called The Avesta.
    * The Avesta can be roughly split into two main sections:
    o The Avesta is the oldest and core part of the scriptures, which contains the Gathas. The Gathas are seventeen hymns thought to be composed by Zoroaster himself.
    o The Younger Avesta - commentaries to the older Avestan written in later years. It also contains myths, stories and details of ritual observances.
    * Zoroastrians are roughly split into two groups:
    o The Iranians
    o The Parsis

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    Zoroastrian weddings

    There are two stages to a Zoroastrian wedding, whether Parsi or Persian.

    In the first stage the bride and bridegroom, as well as their guardians sign a marriage contract. The second stage is the service followed by feasts and the celebrations, which traditionally last from 3 to 7 days.
    During the service married female relatives hold over the couple's heads a fine scarf (nowadays usually white). At the same time two crystallized sugar cones are rubbed together, to sweeten the couple's life. Then two parts of the scarf are sewn together with needle and thread to symbolize the uniting of the couple for the rest of their lives.

    Traditionally, both bride and the bridegroom dress in white. The colour white is a symbol of purity in Zoroastrianism.

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    Zoroastrian funerals

    Zoroastrians are famous for their tradition of exposure or 'laying out the dead'. In Mumbai the Zoroastrian 'Towers of Silence' have been a focus of interest because it is one of the few places in the world where this tradition can still be upheld.
    Zoroastrians believe that as soon as the breath has left it, the body becomes impure. Death is considered to be the work of Angra Mainyu, the embodiment of all that is evil, whereas the earth and all that is beautiful is considered to be the pure work of God. Contaminating the elements (Earth, Air, Fire and Water) with decaying matter such as a corpse is considered sacrilege.

    Instead of burying the corpse, Zoroastrians traditionally laid it out on a purpose built tower (dokhma or 'Tower of Silence') to be exposed to the sun and eaten by birds of prey such as vultures.

    In Mumbai, where more than half of India's seventy thousand Parsis live, huge towers have been built and set within fifty-seven acres of forest gardens.

    In western countries where exposure is either impractical or illegal, Zoroastrians usually opt for cremation.

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