Water And Religion Essay

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There are over twenty religions all around the world. Each religion has different customs that are vital to the people that follow them. Many of these religions have sacred and important things that they view as a gift from God that holds many powers. Most religions have different teachings of water and ways of healing the biosphere for example; the Abrahamic and the Hindus all have different traditions but can relate to one another.Hinduism is the largest religion in India. The religion is ancient and has no known founder. Hinduism came from the word "India" and it dignifies all the traditions and philosophy that were created in India over time. In the Hindu religion, people are polytheistic, believe in reincarnation, use meditation, and celebrate different holidays. They also believe that one is here to pursue their purpose of life. Hindus believe strongly believe in Karma.Water is very sacred to the Hindus. The Hindus have seven rivers that are sacred to them; Yamuna, Godavari, Narmada, Kaveri, Ganges, Saravati, and Sindu rivers. Hindus believe that water has spiritual cleansing powers to wash away sins, "bathing in waters for purity of the soul and connecting that purity with the cleanliness of the water, the goddess herself". Water is very important to the Hindu's pilgrimage. Hindus have holy places which are mostly located on river banks, seashores, coast lines, and mountains. Funeral grounds are located near a river. There are stories told that during funeral ceremonies the son will fill a pot with water from the river with a small hole drilled at the bottom of it walking around the burning funeral pyre as it drips water and it forms a line to prevent the soul from coming back to earth as a ghost. When the skull cracks from the heat of the pyre, the mourners will wash themselves in the river and go back home. A basic obligation for the Hindus is a morning cleansing. During the morning cleansing, the Hindus would go to the river and make a cup with their hand and drink water.Hindus help the biosphere in many ways. Plants and animals are very sacred to them. They believe that everything in the world is sacred. One plant that is sacred to them is the lotus flower. Lotus is derived from the word "panka" which literally means "born from the mud". The Hindus show a lot of respect to the cows since a lot of things come from it; milk, butter, oil, dung, etc. They believe in treating animals with kindness, that way in their afterlife they won't get bad karma. Another tradition that Hindus do to help the biosphere is that they create "secular campaigns" to clean up the rivers which was showing respect to Mother Ganga and other goddesses that were associated with the river.The Islam religion is considered to be one of the three Abrahmic traditions. The meaning of Islam is "Peace through the submission to God". Islam consists of practices known as the "Five Pillars of Islam". The five pillars are faith, prayer, fasting, pilgrimage, and alms. In...

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