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Here along the Royal Carpet we define religion to be any world view. By this definition, even science is a religion, and thus religion does not mean one must believe in a supernatural being. Since every person has a unique qorld view, we cannot list them all, but here is a list of the common world views that people appear to share:

  • African-based religions include traditional, tribal, and more modern forms of worship. Some religions include Santeria or Ocha (also known as Voodoo, Ifa, Orisha), Palo Mayombe y Palo Monte, Quimbisa, Voudou, Candomble, Umbanda y Quimbanda, and Shangoism. Click to learn about some of these.

  • Agnosticism is a belief that neither denies or accepts the existence of one or many gods. See here and here

  • Atheism is a world view which accepts nature without resorting to supernatural explanations, magic, superstition, or beliefs. Information is accepted or rejected based on reason and verifiable observation. See Atheism here.

  • Aztec Native American culture is an ancient as well as a currently practiced religion. For more, see Aztec religion here.

  • Baha'i religion is one that unifies all the major religions of the world, from Christianity and Islam and Judaism to belief in Sai Baba and Hinduism and Buddhism.

  • Buddhism was originally primarily an atheist religion but has developed in many places into a religion of worship for its founder, Prince Siddhartha, known as Buddha. See Buddhism here and Writings on Buddhism.

  • Christianity is the religion that arose from the teachings of Jesus Christ. It has an ancient history from that time and has since diverged into Catholicism and many sects of Protestantism. Currently, Christianity includes Catholicism and various Protestant religions as well as other sects. See Christianity here and Christian history.

  • Confucianism is founded on the teachings of Kong Fu Zi, or Confucius. This religion originated in China. See Confucianism and Kong Fu Zi.

  • Hare Krishna believers believe in the Hindu god Krishna as the single God. The leader of the religion is Swami Prabhupada. See Hare Krishna and The Bhagavad Gita As It Is.

  • Hinduism is founded on the existence of a single God manifest in hundreds of forms. It is among the most ancient religions, dating back more than 5,000 years. See Hinduism and Gita Verses, as well as The Philosophy of Hinduism.

  • Islam is among the newest of religions, and arose from the teachings of the prophet Muhammed. See Islam.

  • Jainism originated in India. See Jainism.

  • Judaism's beliefs come from the Old Testament and the Torah. It arose before Christianity and Islam and is characterized by belief in a single God. See Judaism.

  • Mormonism is called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It is a religion based on Christianity which calls for a return to the original principles and values of Jesus Christ. For more information, see here.

  • Paganism is older than many religions. It is characterized by belief in several gods of different characters and human and animal forms. Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology all contain stories of pagan gods. See Paganism and Bay Area Pagan Assemblies.

  • Peyotism is the largest religion begun, organized, and directed by and for Native Americans. The religion uses the peyote, sometimes referred to as mescal, in its ceremonies. The name comes from the Aztec word peyotl, which designates a small spineless psychedelic cactus (Lophophora williamsii) that is native to southern Texas and north-central Mexico. Spanish conquistadores found peyote used as a sacred medicine and a source for magic far beyond the area of natural peyote growth. The Inquisition of New Spain, on June 29, 1620, published an order prohibiting the use of peyote for any purpose. The order failed to stop the Peyote religion, however, which persists among the Native Americans surviving in northern Mexico, particularly the Huichol and Tarahumara. The cactus is also used as a folk medicine.
    en·theo·gen [becoming god or spirit within] psychoactive sacrament; a plant or chemical substance taken to occasion spiritual or mystical experience. Example: peyote cactus as used in the Native American Church.

  • Sathya Sai Baba is a religious leader who also tries to unify several religions. His predecessor was Shirdi Sai Baba. The faith is based in India but extends over the world. See also Shirdi Sai Baba.

  • Satanism denies the power or existence of the Christian God (Old Testament). The name comes from Satan (also known as Lucifer, Belzebub), the archangel thrown down to Hell by God. Considered by believers to be self-worship, Satanists typically do not indulge in sacrifice but instead are guided by a few minimal moral principles.

  • Scientology is a modern (20th century) religion and way of life incorporating both Eastern and Western views. See and What is Scientology.

  • Shintoism is a religion practiced mainly in Japan to revere the Emperor, the state, and the sacredness of the Universe. See here

  • Sikhism is a religion of India, the practice of which involves strict adherence to certain principles and practices. See The Sikhism Home Page or here.

  • Shintoism is a religion that originated in Japan and is a form of ancestor worship. Find out more.

  • Taoism is another religion that originated in China. See here.

  • Unitarian Universalism is a religion born of Jewish and Christian traditions that is open to various religious traditions and is a free faith unbound by strict doctrine. For more see here.

  • Wicca is the religion of witches and Wiccans. See The Witch's Primer and Paganism above.

  • Zen is a form of Buddhism (see above). See Zen and Zen Ancestors.

  • Zoroastrianism arose in Persia and is now practiced in India as well. See Zoroastrianism and alt.religion.zoroastrianism.

These are some of the many religions of the world. If we at the Queendom have omitted any from our list, please let us know and we will do our best to find information about the religion.

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updated 6/21/02