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Religion General Knowledge #3

Difficulty level: Hard. Answer these questions about various world religions, past and present.
Last updated: September 16, 2018
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What is the Islamic equivalent to the Bible?
Quran
What is the name of the Jewish coming-of-age ceremony?
Bar or Bat Mitzvah
What was the food of the Greek gods?
Ambrosia
Who founded the Mormon church?
Joseph Smith
What A word refers to a person who is a member of the Church of England?
Anglican
What is the largest Protestant denomination in the United States?
Southern Baptist
What is Siddhartha Gautama better known as?
Buddha
What Arabic word means "struggle" but is often interpreted as "holy war"?
Jihad
What is Islam's holiest city?
Mecca
What Jewish relic contained the tablets
on which the Ten Commandments were written?
Ark of the Covenant
What is the name of the vast hall, ruled by Odin, where half of those who
die in battle go to wait for Ragnarok?
Valhalla
What Jewish king is credited with building the first temple of Jerusalem?
Solomon
On what island chain did people once worship a volcano goddess named Pele?
Hawaii
What religious group places a great importance on wearing the turban?
Sikh
Who is the highest-ranking clergyman of the Eastern Orthodox church?
Patriarch of Constantinople
What is the top caste in Hindu society?
Brahmins
In what religion can you become an "Operating Thetan"?
Scientology
On what body of water did Jesus walk?
Sea of Galilee
What name refers to a priest in ancient Celtic religions?
Druid
Ganesh is depicted as having the head of what type of animal?
Elephant
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level 41
Aug 5, 2013
too easy
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level 25
Aug 6, 2013
Please accept bah mitzvah
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level 75
Nov 20, 2015
for lamb becoming sheep.
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level 56
Jan 22, 2016
why? that's not what it's called.
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level 60
Jan 22, 2016
@kolp, you just made my day.
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level 46
Apr 28, 2014
Norse gods lived in Asgard. Valhalla was for fallen warriors.
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level 51
Jun 6, 2015
Asgard was an entire realm, not a hall where the gods lived. However you are correct that it was for housing the valiant dead in preparation for Ragnarok. It was likely considered by scholars to be a part of Helheim though.
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level 79
Jan 22, 2016
It's highly debateable whether Valhalla was located in Asgård.
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level ∞
Jan 8, 2018
The clue has been changed.
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level 31
Dec 24, 2014
I would love some more of these quizzes - learning a lot from them
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level 51
Jun 6, 2015
This was in no way hard (got 20/20 in just over a minute). also, the question on Norse mythology is wrong- Valhalla is where Odin housed half the valiant dead in preparation for Ragnarok. It is NOT where the gods lived.
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level 74
Dec 1, 2015
You need to accept Tiberias and Kinneret for Galilee. It has more than one common name.
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level 60
Jan 22, 2016
Kinneret is correct, Tiberias is just a town on the shores of the Kinneret, it is not a name of the lake
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level 82
Jan 22, 2016
Wikipedia begs to differ. Article begins: "The Sea of Galilee, also Kinneret, Lake of Gennesaret, or Lake Tiberias"
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level 75
Jan 22, 2016
I've visited the Sea of Tiberias and plats and splat are correct. Virtually every place in this part of the world has many different names.
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level 82
Nov 18, 2016
@kal, you had fun making our two names anagrams of each other, didn't you? Maybe we'll have to go full Voltron and become redsplattitude...
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level 69
Jan 19, 2016
I thought the food of the gods was nectar?
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level 73
Jan 22, 2016
That's the drink of the gods.
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level 76
Sep 11, 2018
According to Wikipedia the two were indistinguishable in the most lore. It wasn't until the Iliad that it nectar was referenced as the drink and ambrosia the food. I think that Nectar should be acceptable but it should show ambrosia.
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level 45
Jan 22, 2016
Not hard at all, 19/20 on my first try (only missed the eastern orthodox church one). Also, scientology is not a religion.
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level 70
Nov 27, 2018
I agree that this seemed easy. Quizmaster, having never made a quiz before, if I was aspiring to make one to be a part of an already-existing series (e.g. Religion General Knowledge #4, Difficulty: Extra Hard), is that something I should specifically pitch to you first to see if it's even wanted or needed?
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level ∞
Nov 27, 2018
Feel free to make any quizzes you like! However, only about 1% of user quizzes are featured so it might never become part of the official series.
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level 58
Jan 22, 2016
Valhalla isn't the hall where Norse gods live - it was where the dead went to prepare for Ragnarok.
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level 60
Jan 22, 2016
I think that's a tough one to actually specify because there are different ancient books mentioning Valhalla. They seem to have different visions of it but I think they all agree that it is where Odin chooses half the fallen to await Ragnarök. There might be a hall for Thor but I guess not all the gods. I think Asgard would be also inocorrect though as it is just one of the nine Norse homeworlds of which two are said to be inhabitet by gods: Ásgarðr and Vanaheimr.
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level 58
Jan 22, 2016
Yeah, I'm not sure there's a definitive answer to the question, but the question can be adjusted to be more accurate.
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level ∞
Jan 8, 2018
Changed the clue.
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level 60
Jan 22, 2016
What about Jediism? :D
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level 78
Jan 22, 2016
Ah, yes of course. The only true religion.
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level 58
Nov 26, 2018
I actually met a few practicing Jedi who were visiting a Jedi convention in the city where I live. I'm dead serious. They were cool too. They said that yes, they seriously practice the Jedi religion, and no, they don't try to move things with their mind. Their pitch is that the Jedi are about discipline, honor, service, hard work, and doing what is right for the sake of others. Wouldn't we all be better off with more Yodas and Luke Skywalkers among us? Honestly, it made at least as much sense as any religion I've ever heard of.
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level 66
Mar 8, 2018
Must have been thinking of the Jedis. I knew the one answer is sikh, wasn't sure how it is spelled in English. My first try was sith. Welcome to the dark side.
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level 45
Jan 22, 2016
I would object that Jesus did not "supposedly" walk on water. He did.
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level 67
Jan 22, 2016
I find it particularly untasteful when compared with the lack of suppositions in "what was the food of Greek gods" or "what's the name of the hall where the Norse gods live".
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level 56
Jan 22, 2016
But the Greek gods and Norse gods are all real...
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level ∞
Jan 8, 2018
Fair enough. Removed the word supposedly as that event doesn't have a lower truth value than other things in this quiz.
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level 65
Jan 22, 2016
He may have actually existed, although there's currently no good evidence of that, but he most definitely didn't walk on water, because that's not possible.
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level 75
Jan 22, 2016
I sat on water at the Dead Sea.... maybe if Jesus had really huge, flat feet, and was a short guy, he could have walked across it.
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level 67
Nov 23, 2016
Kal, you sat 'IN' water, even in the Dead Sea you sink till your weight equals your displacement.
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level 75
Jun 5, 2017
Malbaby: yes, and that is approximately five or ten inches down. Have you ever been there? I literally sat on the water. The extremely high salinity gives the water enormous buoyancy. That was not a typo.
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level 60
Jan 22, 2016
Just as Laotzi supposedly was born a wise and elderly man. That which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence. Your objection asserts nothing further than your own servile deference to Christianity.
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level 58
Jan 22, 2016
It's not possible to walk on water. Period. Claiming Christian superstition as "fact" will be a hard thing to prove on this site. By all means please prove this as a fact first, then claim that it is so. Not the other way around.
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level 72
Jan 22, 2016
JBman, if you believe Jesus performed miracles, even if you believe everything he said he is: the Son of God, the Messiah, the incarnate Word of God... then you must also consider his teachings; namely, what he taught regarding the world and darkness/blindness. Your pithy insistence that this general community believe one of his miracles is futile and naive. But I appreciate your faith.
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level 59
Nov 27, 2018
well he never existed, so there's that
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level 51
Jan 22, 2016
You are not Ganesh! Ganesh is graceful!
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level 58
Nov 26, 2018
Hahaha. That's the only reason I knew the answer. You're just gonna get more wrath!
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level 72
Jan 22, 2016
Common error: Baptists are not a Protestant religion. This is historically incorrect. Protestants are those who were once part of the Catholic church and sought to reform it (16th century and onward). Baptists have never aligned themselves with Rome and have always been separate. It would be so cool of you to correct this.
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level 59
Jan 22, 2016
That is an interesting viewpoint. I know different Christian denominations have different views on whether or not they "count" as Protestants (Mormons, for example, but that's a different story). The fact remains that until the Reformation, all Christians were Catholic or Eastern Orthodox (via the schism in 1054). Where did Baptists come from, then, and when did they technically start, if not from a reform? A reform of a reform (of a reform, etc.) is still a form of "protest"-ing.
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level 75
Jan 23, 2016
I'd still wager the vast and overwhelming majority of Americans understand Baptists to be Protestants. And every other non-Catholic Christian sect in the country as well, possibly excepting Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, and a few other smaller groups generally regarded as cults (Heaven's Gate, Branch Davidians, Christian Scientists, and so on). I've read different things on whether or not Baptists are "WASP"s or not. Most indications seem to point to yes, though others make exclusions for Southern Baptists.
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level 67
Jun 5, 2017
45% of African Americans are Baptist........ I don't think WASP is quite the correct term for these people.
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level 75
Jun 5, 2017
I guess you also think that, by extension, 45% of Baptists are African American?
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level 70
Nov 27, 2018
Catie09, that makes no sense. By your definition, the only REAL Protestants were people who *personally* converted from Catholicism as a consequence of theological differences. That's not the definition of Protestant. Besides, Baptist leadership themselves have absolutely no problem with calling themselves Protestant; do a site search on the term on abc-usa.org and sbc.net for examples.
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level 55
Jan 22, 2016
way too easy to be called difficult
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level 44
Jan 22, 2016
If you want a truly hard religious quiz, try this one. http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/173997/religion-general-knowledge-6
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level 49
Jan 27, 2016
Good quiz - apart from the 'Southern Baptist' question. I've never heard of them. Perhaps you could accept just 'Baptist' (which I did try) to give the rest of the world a chance.
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level 75
Sep 7, 2016
Baptist worked for me.
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level 38
Mar 15, 2018
"Southern Baptists" is used to distinguish the predominantly White Baptists from Blacks who follow the religion.
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level 75
Nov 26, 2018
That's not correct. My husband has family members who are Southern Baptist. The Southern Baptist Convention elected their first African-American president in 2012. The name goes back to before the Civil War when the Baptist church in America split over the issue of slavery, becoming Northern Baptist or Southern Baptist. Although many African-Americans formed or joined other conventions which had splintered off - MLK was an American Baptist for example - the SBC has sought diversity for many years, renounced their racist roots, and apologized for supporting slavery. Today, 20% of SBC congregations are predominantly non-white, and there are SBCs in 41 states. They still remain conservative in belief but have ongoing internal struggles between moderates and fundamentalists. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Baptist_Convention. (BTW, there are many Baptist groups in the US, including Free Will, General, American, Landmark, Primitive, Bible, Liberty, Macedonia, etc.)
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level 38
Nov 18, 2016
If you're not Catholic, Hindu, Muslim, Orthodox, Jewish or Shintu (or a member of a sect), then you're Protestant. Punto Final.
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level 67
Nov 23, 2016
Sikh, Buddhist, Taoism, and Zoroastrianism, Confucianism etc
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level 72
Feb 8, 2017
None of the above. Antitheist.
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level 55
Sep 11, 2018
@divant you don't know what you're talking about.
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level 38
Nov 26, 2018
^ Of course I don't. You're the expert after all.
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level 56
Sep 11, 2018
Scientology a religion, oh dear. More like a pyramid scheme type scam business disguised as New Age cult.
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level 59
Nov 27, 2018
same as the rest of the cults referenced in other clues
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level 53
Sep 11, 2018
Can you change Question 5? There clearly is something wrong with it, grammar wise.
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level 66
Nov 26, 2018
I'm banging my head against the wall... How could I miss Ark of the Covenant, I saw the Indiana Jones movies recently! :'D
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level 44
Nov 26, 2018
for bar/bat mitzvah, please accept the gender neutral b'nai mitzvah
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level 55
Nov 26, 2018
Very easy. For a bit more challenge, since Scientology makes the cut, how about this question: What religious group traditionally wears a colander?
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level 75
Nov 27, 2018
Or what adult film actress got away with wearing one for her driver's license photo by saying that it was part of her religion?
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level 42
Nov 26, 2018
Please don't make fun of anyone's religion. Some people really believe. If yoy don't believe, that's fine. I wouldn't dream of making fun of someone either way. Quizzes are for fun. Not for badgering and mocking. Thanks.
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level 75
Nov 27, 2018
What if we don't believe that certain beliefs are immune from criticism or mockery and that it's actually imperative to take the piss out of any such dangerously sanctimonious beliefs that exist? Is that also fine? Or do you have a problem with that belief? Some people really believe that.
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level 59
Nov 27, 2018
ridiculing these obsolete cult groups is the first step to dismantling them, and leading to a better, less sectarian world.