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A devotee at Mela Chiraghan, an annual Festival of Lights in Pakistan. He was standing in front of a huge fire, casting the orange glow in the background. (Lahore, Pakistan, March 2011, Canon 40D)
Photograph by Yasir Nisar (Lahore, Pakistan). Smithsonian Magazine

A devotee at Mela Chiraghan, an annual Festival of Lights in Pakistan. He was standing in front of a huge fire, casting the orange glow in the background. (Lahore, Pakistan, March 2011, Canon 40D)

Photograph by Yasir Nisar (Lahore, Pakistan). 
Smithsonian Magazine

An Indian Sikh devotee lights oil lamps at the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Sikhs celebrate Bandi Chhor Divas or Diwali to mark the return of the Sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind Ji, who was freed from imprisonment and also managed to release 52 political prisoners at the same time from Gwalior fort by Mughal Emperor Jahangir in 1619.Picture: NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images

An Indian Sikh devotee lights oil lamps at the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Sikhs celebrate Bandi Chhor Divas or Diwali to mark the return of the Sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind Ji, who was freed from imprisonment and also managed to release 52 political prisoners at the same time from Gwalior fort by Mughal Emperor Jahangir in 1619.Picture: NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images

Abba Yohanni Church - Ethiopia - Photo by Fernando Peres Rodrigues

Abba Yohanni Church - Ethiopia - Photo by Fernando Peres Rodrigues

In his series ‘Menonos’, photographerJordi Ruiz Cirera documents life and the inner struggles lived in the Mennonite communities in Eastern Bolivia. Mennonites are christian anabaptists who arrived during the fifties from Canada, Mexico or Belize, hoping to find religious freedom and to be able to preserve their lifestyle. Today more than fifty thousand Mennonites in Bolivia. It’s difficult to know the exact number since Menenos, as they are called in Bolivia, live here unregistered or with foreign passports. They live as their German ancestors once did without electricity, telephones or cars and are extremely isolated from the local community. However, the pressure of the surrounding society is creating difficulties for them to survive. 

Asian Landscapes And People By Weerapong Chaipuck

Druids Celebrate Spring Equinox At Stonehenge
Druids watch the sunrise as they celebrate the Spring Equinox at Stonehenge on March 20 2009 near Amesbury, Wiltshire, England. Several hundred druids and pagans were granted special access to the ancient monument to mark the date in the calender when the length of the day and the night are equal (this happens twice a year, at Spring and Autumn Equinox). To the druids Spring Equinox celebrates the renewed life of the Earth that comes with spring and attribute the changes that are going on in the world to an increase in the powers of their God and Goddess.
(March 19, 2009 - Source: Matt Cardy/Getty Images Europe)
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Isis Holding a Cobra late 1st century BC-AD 2nd century (Roman)

HH:  Isis is a goddess in Ancient Egyptian religious beliefs, whose worship spread throughout the Greco-Roman world. Woshipped as the ideal mother and wife as well as the patroness of nature and magic.

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Isis Holding a Cobra
late 1st century BC-AD 2nd century (Roman)

HH:  Isis is a goddess in Ancient Egyptian religious beliefs, whose worship spread throughout the Greco-Roman world. Woshipped as the ideal mother and wife as well as the patroness of nature and magic.

Biblical Archaeology: The Wife of God | BBC Documentary

Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou examines how archaeological discoveries are changing the way people interpret stories from the Bible. Stavrakopoulou visits key archaeological excavations where ground-breaking finds are being unearthed, and examines evidence for and against the Biblical account of King David.

Was the God of Abraham unique? Were the ancient Israelites polytheists? And is it all possible that God had another half? Marshalling compelling evidence from archaeology, Islam and the Bible text itself, she identifies and visits the exact site of Eden.

Did God Have a Wife?
Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou asks whether the ancient Israelites believed in one God as the Bible claims.

She puts the Bible text under the microscope, examining what the original Hebrew said, and explores archaeological sites in Syria and the Sinai which are shedding new light on the beliefs of the people of the Bible.

Was the God of Abraham unique? Were the ancient Israelites polytheists? And is it at all possible that God had another half?

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HH:  Ready for Easter - egg symbolism and celebrating new life -  Eostur, Eastar, Ostara, and Ostar.

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eggs

Sam Kaplan

HH:  Ready for Easter - egg symbolism and celebrating new life -  Eostur, Eastar, Ostara, and Ostar.

iftar feast – the meal Muslims use to break their fast at dusk, after going without food and drink during the day.

While iftars are held every day of Ramadan, booking is advised. Visitors to the city should be aware that eating and drinking, smoking and chewing gum in public are all illegal before sundown. If you want to eat or drink during the day, make sure it is in a private place.
Georgina Wilson-Powell is the Dubai Localite for BBC Travel.

iftar feast – the meal Muslims use to break their fast at dusk, after going without food and drink during the day.

  • While iftars are held every day of Ramadan, booking is advised. Visitors to the city should be aware that eating and drinking, smoking and chewing gum in public are all illegal before sundown. If you want to eat or drink during the day, make sure it is in a private place.

    Georgina Wilson-Powell is the Dubai Localite for BBC Travel.

 Grand Mosque, Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso - John Paskey

 Grand Mosque, Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso - John Paskey

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
– Dalai Lama
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
– Dalai Lama
Fourteen Orthodox Church patriarchs and archbishops gather in Church of St. George upon the invitation of Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew in Istanbul, Turkey, on March 6, 2014. (Photo by Erhan Elaldi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) | Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Orthodox Churches Will Hold First Ecumenical Council In 1,200 Years In Istanbul
Twelve heads of autonomous Orthodox churches, the second-largest family of Christian churches, also agreed to hold a summit of bishops, or ecumenical council, in 2016, which will be the first in over 1,200 years.The Istanbul talks were called to decide on the council, which the Orthodox have been preparing on and off since the 1960s, but the Ukraine crisis overshadowed their talks at the office of spiritual leader Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.As the prelates left a special service at Saint George’s Cathedral, a woman in the crowd called out in Russian “Pray for Ukraine!” Two archbishops responded: “You pray, too!”In their communique, the patriarchs called for “peaceful negotiations and prayerful reconciliation in the ongoing crisis in Ukraine” and denounced what they said were “threats of violent occupation of sacred monasteries and churches” there.The Russian Orthodox Church, with 165 million members by far the largest in the Orthodox family, last month issued a statement along with Moscow’s Foreign Ministry about what they said were attacks on revered historic monasteries in Kiev and Pochayiv in western Ukraine.Russia has used the alleged threat to Russian-speakers in Ukraine, including the faithful of the Moscow-backed church there, to argue it has the right to intervene to protect them.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/10/orthodox-church-council_n_4931391.html

Fourteen Orthodox Church patriarchs and archbishops gather in Church of St. George upon the invitation of Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew in Istanbul, Turkey, on March 6, 2014. (Photo by Erhan Elaldi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) | Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Orthodox Churches Will Hold First Ecumenical Council In 1,200 Years In Istanbul

Twelve heads of autonomous Orthodox churches, the second-largest family of Christian churches, also agreed to hold a summit of bishops, or ecumenical council, in 2016, which will be the first in over 1,200 years.

The Istanbul talks were called to decide on the council, which the Orthodox have been preparing on and off since the 1960s, but the Ukraine crisis overshadowed their talks at the office of spiritual leader Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

As the prelates left a special service at Saint George’s Cathedral, a woman in the crowd called out in Russian “Pray for Ukraine!” Two archbishops responded: “You pray, too!”

In their communique, the patriarchs called for “peaceful negotiations and prayerful reconciliation in the ongoing crisis in Ukraine” and denounced what they said were “threats of violent occupation of sacred monasteries and churches” there.

The Russian Orthodox Church, with 165 million members by far the largest in the Orthodox family, last month issued a statement along with Moscow’s Foreign Ministry about what they said were attacks on revered historic monasteries in Kiev and Pochayiv in western Ukraine.

Russia has used the alleged threat to Russian-speakers in Ukraine, including the faithful of the Moscow-backed church there, to argue it has the right to intervene to protect them.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/10/orthodox-church-council_n_4931391.html

Macedonian Christian Orthodox Archbishop Stefan holds a holy Christmas liturgy in St Clement’s Orthodox Cathedral church in Skopje.

Macedonian Christian Orthodox Archbishop Stefan holds a holy Christmas liturgy in St Clement’s Orthodox Cathedral church in Skopje.