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Religion General Knowledge #5

Answer these questions about various world religions, past and present.
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First submittedFebruary 15, 2018
Last updatedSeptember 20, 2018
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What country has the most Orthodox Christians?
Russia
What Indian religious principle can be roughly defined as "what goes around comes around"?
Karma
According to 2014 Gallup poll, what country has the highest percentage of people
who don't consider themselves religious (90%)?
China
What Islamic religious symbol can be found on the flags of 19 different countries,
including Turkey and Malaysia?
Crescent
What religious symbol is depicted on the flag of Israel?
Star of David
Who was the Greek goddess of wisdom?
Athena
What is the name for the belief that, after death, a person starts a life in a new body?
Reincarnation
What is the term for a person who has been canonized?
a Saint
According to Jewish folklore, who had a first wife named Lilith?
Adam
What country has the most Shia muslims?
Iran
What hallucinogen desert plant do some Native Americans consume for religious purposes?
Peyote
In Chinese philosophy, what is the opposite of "Yang"?
Yin
What is the Asian country with the largest Christian population?
Philippines
The Chinese government recongizes five religions: Buddhism, Catholicism,
Islam, Protestantism, and ... ?
Taoism
What American religious group is famous for eschewing modern technology?
The Amish
What title was given to the supreme Islamic leaders who succeeded Mohammed?
(Hint: starts with C)
Caliph
Who called religion "the opium of the people"?
Karl Marx
Who was the first patriarch of the Jewish religion?
Abraham
What is the name for a form of government based on religion?
Theocracy
What are Seraphim and Cherubim?
Angels
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level 60
Feb 15, 2018
It's kind of odd that the Chinese government recognizes Buddhism. It's really not a religion and more of a way of life.
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level 84
Feb 16, 2018
That's how a lot people view their own belief system.
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level 71
Feb 16, 2018
I'm a Buddhist and I'm fine with calling it a religion, as it has many of the traditional components: mythologies, rituals, sacred texts, holy days, ordination, study, contemplation, etc. Some people find calling a school of thought that doesn't recognize God as being inherently disqualified from being called a religion, but I think most of those people probably believe in God :-)
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level 72
Sep 13, 2018
Right - a religion does not have to be theistic
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level 60
Feb 16, 2018
"Metempsychosis" for "reincarnation" should also be accepted.
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level 74
Feb 16, 2018
That question's not well worded anyway, as reincarnation isn't the word for the belief but for the process.
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level 72
Feb 19, 2018
Agreed - it's interesting to realise there's no actual word that means "having a belief in reincarnation". That's a riddle that'll take me few lifetimes to contemplate.
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level 77
Feb 17, 2018
agreed, i think metempsychosis is even more correct
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level 76
Feb 16, 2018
Easy. Couldn't think of the quote for a while... which I usually see translated "religion is the opiate of the masses"
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level 40
Jan 16, 2019
That's how I've always heard it. Doesn't really matter, it's not like it's a huge difference.
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level 51
Feb 16, 2018
Would Quakers be an acceptable answer for the 'eschewing modern technology' question?
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level 65
Feb 16, 2018
No. Quakers, generally speaking, do not avoid modern technology.
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level 76
Feb 16, 2018
Tried payote, payoti, payotte, payotti, pajote, pajoti, pajotte, pajotte, pyote, pyoti, pyotte, pyotti. If the quiz was a few more hours, I might have eventually tried peyote. Or maybe there could be some flexibility on this one?
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level 77
Feb 26, 2018
Well I tried peyotl, which is the original Nahuatl name (and also what it's called in French).
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level 38
Feb 17, 2018
Absolutely Kalbahamut: "Opiate of the masses" is the quote from Karl Marx.
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level 67
Feb 17, 2018
that's how it's usually translated into English, anyway.
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level 68
Feb 17, 2018
I disagree. I've heard a few times that it should be opiate but the original quote in German is 'das Opium des Volkes'. The German word Opium mostly naturally translates as Opium, so Quizmaster has it right.
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level 73
Feb 18, 2018
In communist eastern Europe it was translated as opium
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level 76
Mar 2, 2018
I said it's how I usually see it translated. But Marx was not writing in English.
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level 11
Feb 22, 2018
you should do a 1900s music quiz
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level 69
Mar 19, 2018
That China answer surprised me. Notwithstanding the government's official position on the matter, I would have thought there would be much higher religious adherence amongst the population.
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level 76
Oct 29, 2018
Contemporary Chinese life is still heavily influenced by Confucianism and Maoism and some consider these to be religions (with a dash of Buddhism, Taoism, and ancestor worship thrown in for good measure), but I think what this says is that the average Chinese person does not think of it this way.
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level 63
Jan 9, 2019
Or, to give the quiz another name, Stuff we Really Should Have Left Behind by Now.
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level 63
Jan 9, 2019
Great quiz. Just one nitpicky grammar thing. Should be "hallucinogenic," not "hallucinogen."
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level 41
Jan 9, 2019
include more hindu questions. If it is "Religion" quiz, it should ask equal questions about each religion. This is a request, please.
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level 76
Jan 9, 2019
This request is impossible (as there are more religions than there are questions on this quiz) and impractical (as not all religions are equally well-known to visitors of this website).
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level 76
Jan 9, 2019
But anyway there's this many questions about these religious beliefs: Eastern Orthodoxy (1) Hinduism, primarily (2) Irreligiosity (1) Islam (2) Judaism (3) Greek mythology (1) Catholicism (1) Shiitism (1) Navajo religion (1) Taoism (1) Amish (1) Communism (1) and Christianity (1)

so... Hinduism is ahead of most. What are you complaining about?
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level 41
Jan 10, 2019
ok kal, okay. I see you, i see you
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level 22
Jan 9, 2019
Can you accept 'Pallas Athena' for 'Athena'?
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level 70
Jan 9, 2019
Seriously, why?
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level 22
Jan 12, 2019
I was taught about her in school under this name. Wikipedia confirms Pallas Athena refers to Athena: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pallas_Athena_(disambiguation)
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level 22
Jan 9, 2019
Also, I'd expect 'Ayahuasca' as a correct answer instead of Peyote (assuming native Brasilians are counted as native americans). Probably not even the only two answers that meet the description.
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level 48
Jan 9, 2019
I mean, the questions does specify desert plant, and there aren't a huge number of deserts in the Americas...
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level 67
Jan 13, 2019
Yeah, the question specifies desert plant, and the Amazon rainforest is pretty much the exact opposite of a desert.
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level 64
Apr 19, 2019
What is the term for a person who has been canonized? Me: Um, "Human Cannonball?" I did get the question right, but my brain fart kept making me giggle.
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level 64
Apr 28, 2019
While the Chinese tend to not be religious, a lot of people are still very superstitious.