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religions and philosophies

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Korean Thought
A Korean origin myth described in context of Korean society and as a comparison to Western thought. more
Shinto Priests marching at Meiji Temple Shrine (chrisjfry/Flickr)
A short introduction to Shinto, Japan's native belief system. more
Islamic Republic of Iran (h_de_c/Flickr)
Islamic Iran
An expansive essay on the history of Iran through the first great global age. more
A Qur'an from Indonesia. Courtesy Lontar Foundation.
Islamic Calligraphy and the Illustrated Manuscript
The calligraphic tradition, which grew out of the demand for illuminated Qur'ans, became an important art form worldwide. more
Muslim women in Indonesia (vikz/flickr)
Islam in Southeast Asia
An essay about the spread of Islam into Southeast Asia and how religion and expression fit within societal contexts. more
Introduction to Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia is a geographically diverse region with equally diverse lifestyles and traditions throughout human history. more
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Historical and Modern Religions of Korea
An overview of Korea's mainstream religions, from Shamanism to Christianity. more
Vajra Pestle and Buddhist Scripture in SiChuan, China (Poorfish/Flickr)
Excerpts from Religious Texts
Comparisons of the great texts of Hinduism, Buddhism, Confuciansm, Christianity, Daoism, Islam, Judaism, and Shinto. more
Chess is not just a game: it is entwined with laws, arts, sciences, and mathematics. more
Monks at Angkor Wat (Beggs/Flickr)
Diversity and Unity
A look at ethnicity, gender, family, religious beliefs, food, and fashion in Islamic Southeast Asia. more