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Invaluable information for a multicultural world.

  • Sep 14, 2010
Whether you need this book soon to attend a religious event that might otherwise mystify you, or whether you're just curious about different ceremonies; this book is a marvelous resource and a well-written explanation about sacred rites and observances.

It goes deeper than the kneel or bow quandary that's confused me on more than one occasion, and gives some excellent insight into what's really going on at the various types of ceremonies etc.

It serves the dual purpose of avoiding an embarrassing mistake, while helping you to be sensitive to the religious concerns of others. It can only help with greater understanding of the of other cultures and beliefs. I plan to consult this book often!

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. . . this book did not deliver on its basic premise -- and the premise is extremely important. Many (arguably most) people will, at various times in their lives and for various reasons, will have occasions where they will be visitors at religious ceremonies different from their own. Basic knowledge and understanding of religious traditions other than one's own is important so as not to embarrass one's self (and more importantly, one's host!) Disrespect out of ignorance is still disrespect, and …
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In today’s multicultural society we are increasingly likely to meet and become friends with people from different religious backgrounds, and to find ourselves attending an unfamiliar ceremony. When this happens, there can be few of us who know exactly what to expect, or are confident about how to behave.

This book will help you:
• to understand the backgrounds to the key festivals, ceremonies, and practices of the major world religions
• to participate in the main holidays and festivals of the different religious calendars
• to know what to expect and how to behave when invited to attend a Protestant, Catholic, Christian Orthodox, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, or Buddhist service
• to join in the family celebrations of friends from different backgrounds

Armed with this basic information, you will feel relaxed enough to enjoy the occasion–and perhaps inspired to discover more about the spiritual world view of another cultural tradition.

It is very easy to potentially give offence when you are unfamiliar with another’s faith tradition.  So here’s some quick Top Tips:
1.  Don’t take alcohol to a Muslim celebration
2.  Never point your feet at the Murti (sacred deity) in a Hindu Temple
3.  Be prepared to stand for up to three hours at an Orthodox Christian wedding
4.  Don’t take flowers to a Jewish funeral
5.  Keep your head covered at all times inside a Sikh...
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Books, Etiquette, Religious Etiquette


ISBN-10: 1857335244
ISBN-13: 978-1857335248
Author: Akasha Lonsdale
Genre: Etiquette
Publisher: Kuperard
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