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different types of religions in SA

The religion of San people
Religion is part of the everyday life of the San. They believe there is a great God who is powerful and good and they either pray to him by themselves or else they pray through a healer who is known as a shaman.
 
One of the most important religious rituals in San religion is the trance dance. The women sit in a circle around a fire and clap the rhythm of the spiritual songs that they sing while the men dance. As the San clap, sing and dance, the spirit enters the shamans and they go into a trance where it is believed they get special healing powers. (A trance is a dream-like state).
Buddha

Gautama's life story (Buddha)

When Siddhartha Gautama was a baby, a wise man predicted that he would one day refuse to be a prince and become a monk. The wise man said that Gautama would do this after he had seen an old man, a sick man and a dead man. His father was so worried about this that he tried to protect his son from all the sadness of the world outside his palace.  But one day, Gautama slipped out of the palace. He saw an old man, a sick man and then a dead man. Now he knew that there was lots of sadness in the world. Then Gautama saw a religious beggar wearing a simple yellow robe. The beggar looked full of peace and joy. Gautama then realized that while there was lots of sadness in the world, there were also ways to live a good life. Gautama then decided to travel as a monk, studying with many teachers and meditating. When you meditate you clear you r mind of all its thoughts and keep very still. One night Gautama went to meditate under a tree and there he found the answer to the problems of life. After this he became known as Buddha. He taught people that they should be satisfied with very little, and should help and love others. During his lifetime, Gautama set up many communities of monks who lived and mediated together.
Christianity
Jesus  was a Jew who lived 2 000 years ago in the country that was then called Palestine and is today part of Israel and a teacher and a healer.
Christians  take their name from Jesus Christ, believe that Jesus is the son of God, read their holy book which is called the Bible and have as their symbol the cross.
Hinduism
The AUM sign which is a symbole for Brahma

Hinduism is one of the oldest religions in the world and comes from India and began about 4 000 years ago.

Hindus believe that Brahma is the Creator of the universe, in many gods and goddesses who show different parts of Brahma’s power and believe in reincarnation. This is the belief that when a person dies his or her soul lives on and can be born again into a different body.
Islam
Islam began with the teaching of the Prophet Muhammad who was born in the city of Mecca in Arabia just over 1400 years ago. When he was about 40 years old, the angel Gabriel appeared to Muhammad in a vision and told him that the one true God, Allah, was the same God as the god of the Jews and the Christians. The Qur’an is the holy book of the Muslims and it contains Mohammad’s words and instructions as to how a true Muslim should live and worship God. It also gives guidance to Muslims in their everyday lives. It is written in Arabic. The place of worship for a Muslim is the mosque.
The Qur' an
The crescent and the star, the symbol of Islam
Judaism
The Star of David is a symbole of Judaism

The Jewish people believe they all descended from Abraham who lived about 4 000 years ago. God promised Abraham that one day his descendants would live in the land of Canaan which is now part of Israel.  God gave Moses their law (10 commandments) which form part of the Torah (the Jewish holy scriptures) that tell the people how to live their daily lives according to God’s laws.

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