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Hajj: Part II | Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

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Over two million Muslims from around the world travel to Mecca each year for the Islamic pilgrimage known as Hajj. How does this experience change their lives? This video from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly follows American Muslim Abdul Alim Mubarak as he experiences Hajj for the first time.

Day of the Dead | Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

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This video from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly offers a behind-the-scenes look at how Latin American communities across the U.S. honor their deceased on Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos. Celebrants believe that the spirits of the dead return every year on this day, which coincides with All Saints Day and All Souls Day. The video also shows how Day of the Dead rituals follow the Catholic Church's teachings about life and death.

Turkey's Early Christian Roots | Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

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This video from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly explores the historical importance of Turkey and the vital part it played in developing the power structure of early Christianity. Even though Christianity did not begin in Turkey, it flourished there after the death of Jesus when many of his apostles fled Jerusalem seeking religious freedom and also undertook missionary journeys in the Mediterranean region. Church doctrine was formulated in Turkey and many of the tenets, creeds, and confessions established in its ancient cities are still recognized and accepted. Today, Turkey has more religious sites than any other country in the region.

Chinese New Year | Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

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This video from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly shows a Buddhist family in the US observing the rituals of Chinese New Year. The Chinese tradition of celebrating the New Year began more than 4,000 years ago, and has evolved into a holiday that includes a combination of rituals from Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism. Also known as Spring Festival, it is celebrated by Chinese communities throughout the world at the end of winter.

Buddhist Ash Interment | Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

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This video from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly shows the rites of ash interment within a progressive form of Buddhism known as Pure Land. In some Buddhist traditions, funeral rites are considered to be a final attempt to help a person achieve a favorable reincarnation.

Hinduism | Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

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This video from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly shows Hindu pilgrims from India and beyond gathering to celebrate Kumbh Mela, which involves the ritual of purification by bathing in four sacred rivers. The pilgrims in the video walk hundreds of miles to bathe in the River Ganges. Kumbh Mela is based upon ancient Hindu mythology and occurs four times during a twelve year cycle. Hinduism, considered to be the oldest religious tradition in the world, consists of a complex combination of theology, philosophy, culture and rituals that vary depending upon region.

Confirmation | Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

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This video from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly explores the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Roman Catholic Church. During this Sacrament, adolescents are brought into full communion with the Catholic Church. The Sacrament is bestowed after participants complete a lengthy period of religious instruction. In the United States they also may be required to complete some community service. At the time of Confirmation, young people take the name of a saint who represents a spiritual model for their adult lives as followers of Jesus Christ.

American Buddhism

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This video from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly examines the differences that have emerged between Asian-American Buddhists and European-American converts since Buddhism first reached America's shores in the 1840s. Asian immigrants to the United States brought their traditions and belief systems with them, giving Buddhism a foothold in the West as new immigrants found comfort in their native faith tradition. At the same time, Americans new to Buddhism discovered value and contentment in Buddhist ideas and ideals.

Botanicas: Markets of the Divine | Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

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This video from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly explores the emergence and popularity of botanicas, shops that feature a variety of spiritual and religious merchandise and services, including candles, incense, potions, powders, icons, statues and consultations. The botanicas offer immigrants in the United States a place to go to maintain and sustain their customs and beliefs. Indio Products, one of the largest botanicas in Southern California, is featured, as is an interview with Ysamur Flores, an expert on Caribbean and Latino folklore, who discusses how botanicas reflect a uniquely Caribbean approach to faith.

Roman Catholic -- Eastern Orthodox Dialogue | Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

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This video from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly shows twenty-first century church leaders from both sides of the Great Schism discussing the errors of the past and laying the groundwork for reconciliation and possible unity in the future. The Great Schism arose in 1054 between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church, due to a variety of factors, including differences in politics, doctrine, geography, language and culture.

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