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Janmashtami | Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

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This video from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly depicts Hindus of the Rajdhani Mandir Temple in Chantilly, Virginia celebrating the birthday of Lord Krishna on the holy day of Janmashtami. Krishna is the reincarnation of Lord Vishnu, a god of the Trimurti. During Janmashtami, Hindus often recreate the story of Krishna’s beginnings with a celebration involving a live baby in a cradle. They also rotate a flame clockwise around a Krishna statue and receive offerings made of butter and milk.

Altruism | Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

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This video from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly discusses the topic of altruism by profiling people who have performed good deeds. Those profiled were inspired not only by religious teachings, but also by a personal desire to help those less fortunate. This video looks at the actions of a kidney donor, 9/11 first responders and the villagers of Le Chambon in southern France during World War II.

Hindu Temple Dedication

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This video from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly shows Hindus in the state of Maryland worshipping two highly revered deities, Vishnu and Shiva, in the same temple. Generally, Shiva, the creator and destroyer, and Vishnu, the preserver, are worshipped and adored in separate temples. Maryland's Sri Shiva Vishnu Temple is constructed in the shape of a reclining human being to highlight the Hindu concept of unity in diversity.

Baptism | Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

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This video from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly highlights the baptism ceremony and how it is practiced in different Christian denominations. In the Roman Catholic Church, baptizing infants is essential because it represents the forgiveness of original sin, conversion to the faith, and a relationship with God in the afterlife. In Baptist churches, baptism is observed by adults when they are ready to identify as followers of Jesus Christ and profess the faith. The video also shows how the process of baptism varies. Some denominations sprinkle water on worshippers, while others immerse them.

Ganesha Chaturti | Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly

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This video from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly describes the rituals and spiritual significance of an 11-day Hindu celebration called Ganesha Chaturthi, honoring Lord Ganesha. Widely regarded as the Remover of Obstacles, Lord Ganesha is one of the most popular gods of India. On the final day of the festival, Lord Ganesha’s image is paraded through the streets accompanied by drum beats, devotional songs and dancing, and then immersed in a river or sea.

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.

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