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Religions-Names and meanings

Different religions have derived their names from different sources. Some religions derived their names from the name or title of the founder, while other religions have their names derived from certain words or names.

Name of religion

Source of the name

Meaning of the source

Bahai

Bahaullah

The title of the religion's founder, meaning glory of God in Arabic.

Buddhism

Buddha

The title of the religion's founder, meaning enlightened in Sanskrit.

Christianity

Khristos

Khristos is the Greek translation of the Hebrew word Messiah, meaning the anointed.

Confucianism

Kung Fu Tzu

Kung Fu Tzu (Confucius) was a Chinese philosopher.

Druze

Darazi

One of the first three founders of the Druze sect.

Hinduism

Hind

In many Asian languages, Hind is the name of the region between the Himalayas and the Indus river.

Islam

Sa-le-ma

In Arabic, Salema is root to words like peace, submission and obedience.

Jainism

Jina

Sanskrit word meaning victorious or overcome.

Judaism

Judah

One of the Tribes of Israel.

Shinto

Shin Tao

In Chinese, way of the gods.

Sikhism

Sikh

Punjabi word meaning learner or pupil.

Taoism

Tao

Chinese word meaning way or path.

Zoroastrianism

Zoroaster

An ancient Persian philosopher. In India the Zoroastrians are known as Parsis, meaning people of Persia.


Books introducing World religions

The World's Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions

The World's Wisdom : Sacred Texts of the World's Religions

Religion for Dummies

The Illustrated World's Religions :

Religions of the World: The Illustrated Guide to Origins, Beliefs, Traditions & Festivals

The Complete Idiot's Guide(R) to World Religions


For Christianity in India click here.

For Islam in India click here.

For Buddhism in India click here.

Hinduism - An introduction to Hinduism.

Who are the Sikhs

For Jews in India click here.

Jainism - An introduction to Jainism.

For Zoroastrianism in India click here

Arrival of Non-Indian religions into India. - India, well known as the land of spirituality and philosophy, was the birthplace of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism among other religions. Along with the religions that developed in India, there are also followers of religions of non- Indian origins. Among these religions are Islam, Christianity, Zoroastrianism, Bahaism and Judaism.

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