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Around the World: Religion



There are about 7.5 billion people alive on earth today. A billion is one thousand millions, so the population of the earth is 7,500 million people!

The population of Indianapolis is 852,866. If we round up to make the math easy and say that is about 1 million…7.5 billion people is Indianapolis 7,500 times!

The total land area of Earth is about 57,308,738 square miles. That is a lot of people spread out over a very large space! It is no wonder that we speak different languages, eat different foods, sing different songs and play different games! We are all human though, so it is also no wonder we are a lot alike!

Religion is the belief in a supernatural power. On this page, you can learn about the beliefs of some of the world’s most common religions, your own, as well as someone else’s. It is interesting to learn about the ways these religions are different and the way these religions are the same.


Faith Five Religions and What They Share [2]Sacred Stories [3]In the House of Happiness [4]The Story of World Religions [5]The Lion Encyclopedia of World Religions [6]Eyewitness Religion [7]Religious Celebrations [8]Out of the Ark [9]Sacred Places [10]


Followers: Buddhists
Sacred Book: Tripitaka
Gathering Space: Stupa
Holy Places: Lumbini (Buddha’s birthplace)

Buddhism [11]The Buddha's Apprentice at Bedtime [12]Buddha [13]Dalai Lama [14]Buddha Stories [15]A Handful of Quiet [16]Shantideva How to Wake Up a Hero [17]Becoming Buddha the Story of Siddhartha [18]Tibetan Tales for Little Buddhas [19]


Followers: Christians
Sacred Book: The Bible
Gathering Space: Church, Chapel, Cathedral
Holy Places: Jerusalem, Bethlehem
Holidays: Christmas, Easter

[20] [21] [22]Angels in the Bible Storybook [23]Celebrate Easter [24] [25] [26]Pope Francis [27]Stories of the Saints [28]Creations First Light [29]Saint Francis [30]Noah's Ark [31]Giving Thanks [32]Jesus [33]Mary [34]Mother Teresa [35] [36] [37]B is for Bethlehem [38]


Followers: Hindus
Sacred Book: Vedas, Upanishads
Gathering Space: Mandir
Holy Places: River Ganges
Holidays: Diwali, Holi

A Day to Remember an Indian Wedding [39]Facts about Hinduism [40]Hinduism Babu's Story [41]Manu's Ark India's Tale of the Great Flood [42]Gandhi [43]Be the Change [44]Grandfather Gandhi [45]The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna [46]Krishna Steals the Butter and Other Stories [47]Ganesh's Sweet Tooth [48]Gandhi March to the Sea [49]Diwali [50]Happy Diwali [51]The Diwali Gift [52]Holi [53]


Followers: Muslims
Sacred Book: The Qur’an
Gathering Space: Mosque
Holy Places: Mecca, Medina, Jerusalem
Holidays: Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr

Islam Hambali's Story [54]The Genius of Islam [55] [56] [57]Under the Ramadan Moon [58]Ramadan [59]Muhammad [60]Rumi [61]The Grand Mosque of Paris [62]Deep in the Sahara [63]My Mum is a Wonder [64] [65] [66] [67]Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns [68]Hassan and Madrasa Go to Madrasa [69]Hassan and Aneesa Go To Masjid [70]


Followers: Jews
Sacred Book: The TeNaCh (Torah, Nevi’im, Ketuvim
Gathering Space: Synagogue
Holy Places: Jerusalem
Holidays: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Passover, Sukkot

Eyewitness Judaism [71]Judaism Yoni's Story [72]Here is the World a Year of Jewish Holidays [73]Hanukkah Around the World [74]Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins [75]Hanukkah Bear [76]Hanukkah Cookies with Sprinkles [77]Sammy Spider's First Mitzvah [78]More Than Enough a Passover Story [79]A Place for Elijah [80]Mazel Tov [81]Is It Sukkot Yet? [82]Oskar and the Eight Blessings [83]I Say Shehechiyanu [84]Rabbi Benjamin's Buttons [85]How It's Made a Torah Scroll [86]
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