Religion A-Z #1

Guess these religion-themed answers from A to Z
All answers are a single word
For the purpose of this quiz, "religion", "ideology", and "spirituality" are interchangeable
Quiz by buck1017
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Last updated: November 27, 2018
First submittedDecember 28, 2013
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Clue
Answer
A
Last word in the Lord's Prayer
Amen
B
Siddhārtha Gautama by
another name
Buddha
C
Leader of the Church of England:
Archbishop of __________
Canterbury
D
Slayer of Goliath
David
E
First woman in the Bible
Eve
F
Pope elected in 2013
Francis
G
Hotel room Bible distributor
Gideons
H
Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca
Hajj
I
Most populous Shia-majority country
Iran
J
Indian religion that espouses
non-violence to all living creatures
Jainism
K
Cube-shaped building in Mecca;
Islam's most holy site
Kaaba
L
His wife became a pillar of salt
Lot
M
Mosque tower from which the
call to prayer is made
Minaret
 
Clue
Answer
N
Famous ark builder & flood survivor
Noah
O
Father of Thor
Odin
P
Movement started by Martin Luther:
__________ Reformation
Protestant
Q
Holy book of Islam
Quran
R
Religion that originated in Jamaica
Rastafari
S
Indigenous religion of Japan
Shinto
T
First five books of the Jewish Bible
Torah
U
City where Abraham was born
Ur
V
Blue four-armed Hindu God
Vishnu
W
Modern pagan religion
symbolized by a pentagram
Wicca
X
Taoist term for an enlightened person
Xian
Y
Group of Hindu spiritual practices that
includes stretching exercises
Yoga
Z
The Holy Land - synonymous
with Jerusalem
Zion
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Level 38
Aug 29, 2014
I would like to point out that Wicca is not symbolized by a pentagram. A pentacle represents Wicca. The difference being that a pentacle is not inverted like the pentagram that represents Satanism
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Level 74
Aug 30, 2014
according to Wicca-pedia, a pentacle is a pentagram circumscribed by a circle. Not being Wiccan (or any religion for that matter), myself, I just go by what I read. I just wanted to include more religions than just the big 3.
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Level 71
Oct 26, 2016
Are you saying a Wiccan has to be circumscribed?
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Level 71
Nov 29, 2018
Rushing immediately to Google with unbridled glee to check out the brilliantly-named "Wiccapedia", I was a little disappointed to find it was a book, rather than an actual online wiki. Still, it's a very clever name!
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Level 72
Feb 19, 2019
And thanks for that. But what are the "big 3"?
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Level 74
Aug 26, 2020
Judaism, Islam, and Christianity
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Level 72
Aug 8, 2021
Big three then in a certain tradition. Check the total numbers of followers for Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism.
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Level 74
Aug 9, 2021
Yeah...that probably wasn't the best way to describe the 3 Abrahamic religions. Just being cheeky.
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Level 85
Dec 2, 2018
Pentacle is some truly girly vodka.
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Level 80
Oct 26, 2016
Could have sworn it was spelled "minuret". 25/26 for knowing the answers but not knowing how to spell them.
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Level 76
Dec 1, 2018
Well, it's transliterated from Arabic so there are a number of spellings. I haven't seen 'minuret' personally but I see no reason not to include it as a type-in :)
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Level 90
Dec 19, 2018
Huh, I had always assumed the term was some kind of love child between miniature and turret, no idea it had come from Arabic.
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Level 67
Dec 16, 2019
Interesting theory. The word reminds me of menorah (with a little bit of bayonet and baret (we sound the t, all three words rhyme in my language). Purely for the words and sounds, no ideology behind them.)
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Level 67
Dec 16, 2019
And we shouldnt forget castagnette ! (That one is now in my mind because of the echo and thinking of everything with the same sound at the end...)
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Level 46
Aug 9, 2021
And also don't forget about the Minuet!
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Level 68
Oct 26, 2016
Zion isn't the holy land, it's David's citadel that ultimately became Jerusalem.
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Level 63
Oct 28, 2016
More specifically, it is the temple mount in Jerusalem.
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Level 82
Jul 1, 2018
No, it's not. Definitely not. You're both wrong.

Mount Zion and the Temple Mount are two very different things. Mount Zion is one of the hills that the ancient city of Jerusalem was built on or near. Zion came to be synonymous with the city and most of the time when people refer to "Zion" they are talking about the city of Jerusalem. However, it is also used to refer to the Biblical Land of Israel, as well, and in modern usage it came to represent Israel as the nationalist movement to found a Jewish homeland was Zionism- Zion in this since definitely meant a Jewish homeland, a parallel to the Biblical Land of Israel.

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Level 82
Aug 27, 2018
sense*
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Level 73
Aug 8, 2021
Did the "Edit" option not exist in 2018?
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Level 82
Aug 10, 2021
not when you first noticed the mistake 2 months later, no.
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Level 82
Jul 1, 2018
No idea where super got the idea about it being David's citadel, or even what he means by that. The archaeological ruin called the city of David is between the old walled city of Jerusalem and the Kidron Valley. Not on Mt Zion. The Jerusalem citadel is located on higher ground, part of the walls of the old city, and was built by King Herod and others long after David was dead. The "Tower of David" on top of said citadel was so named, ironically, by ignorant Christian crusaders who, upon arriving in Jerusalem for the first time, assumed that David must have built it. In fact it's a Muslim minaret constructed centuries later. In any case it is also not on Mt Zion and not synonymous with Zion.

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Level 82
Jul 1, 2018
The "Temple Mount" is an artificial platform of stonework that was expanded by Herod to make room for the giant 2nd temple he had constructed there. The "First Temple" was built on a hill which came to be known as the Temple Mount. Tradition holds that this hill is where Abraham went to murder his son on the suggestion of the voices in his head. It is not Mt Zion. That's a different hill. The First Temple was destroyed by Babylonians. The Hebrews who worshipped there were enslaved in Babylon. The Persian Empire conquered Babylon and set the Jews free. Zerubbabel led his people back to Jerusalem where they built the "Second Temple" on the same site- but everyone was bummed out because the First Temple was so much cooler. Then Herod the Great, half Jew half Arab Roman stooge, wanting to impress everyone and especially his Jewish subjects that mostly hated him, decided to renovate and make the temple the most impressive structure in the empire.
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Level 82
Jul 1, 2018
His plans for this construction project were so grand that they would not fit on the hill where the temple currently sat... so his solution was to expand the hill. They brought in massive stones and extended the hill into a large rectangular platform. The Second Temple, after Herod's expansion, became one of the largest and most magnificent buildings in the Roman Empire. Then it was destroyed by Titus. But it was never called Zion. The platform Herod built remains in the Jewish quarter of the Old City, even though the temple is long gone, and is still called the Temple Mount. Jews traditionally would not set foot on it as it was too holy. Christians turned it into a place where they heaped garbage and dung, as an insult to Jews. After the Muslim conquest, it was cleared off and they constructed the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque on top of it.

Here's a map

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Level 85
Dec 2, 2018
I think that was more than the first 5 books of the Jewish bible.
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Level 82
Feb 21, 2019
Spoken like someone who doesn't read very much.
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Level 84
Oct 29, 2020
^Snark. Do you have to write an essay every time?
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Level 82
Jun 14, 2021
I don't have to and I don't. But what difference does it make if I do? Do you have to complain about it? You both sound like semi-literate children and that's not me being snarky. I felt like the point was pretty direct.

In this instance, to correct and adequately clarify what music and leng both said, yes, the four comments I left were both necessary and sufficient in length. I wouldn't call it an essay, though. And certainly not a work comparable to the Pentateuch. It's a few thousand characters...

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Level 82
Aug 10, 2021
Anyway the clue is accurate as written.
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Level 71
Nov 27, 2018
*Crap, something that begins with X? Ok, Xi looks like it might work. Not yet? Maybe an a? How about an n-HOLY CRAP IT WORKED!*
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Level 62
Nov 28, 2018
I find it very hard to believe you randomly thought of those exact letters in that exact order.
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Level 76
Dec 1, 2018
^ Behold, misplaced skepticism.
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Level 72
Feb 19, 2019
It was precisely my process too.
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Level 85
Dec 2, 2018
Xian is a major, ancient Chinese city.
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Level 70
Feb 18, 2019
The city should be transcribed as Xi'an, because it is two characters, but the Daoist term is Xian, which is only one character.
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Level 50
Nov 29, 2018
Rastafarianism started in Ethiopia
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Level ∞
Nov 29, 2018
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rastafari
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Level 71
Nov 29, 2018
Darn it – if only there was a way to double-check things like this on the Internet! That way people could be sure of their "facts" before "correcting" quiz makers on their "mistakes". Seriously, the tech industry really should invent something; it's high time the web starts being useful for more than just cat videos! I'd give such a tool a really fun but important-sounding title – you know, like the name of a really big number or something. I'm thinking maybe "Quattuordecillion", or is that too hard to spell?
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Level 76
Dec 1, 2018
I'm on it!! I just need to find a garage.
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Level 82
Aug 10, 2021
It started in Ethiopia as much as Christianity started in Palestine.
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Level 37
Aug 13, 2019
Christians are followers of or believers in the Christ (Jesus). He did not start Christianity, he just did away with many of the 500 laws that the Jews had been previously commanded to obey and instituted the concept of love, kindness and meekness (rather than war) conquering evil. Those who were his disciples (Peter, Paul, John, Matthias...) are the ones who sought to convert Jews and Pagans alike to Christianity.
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Level 69
Aug 13, 2019
The archbishop of Canterbury is not the leader of the Church of England. The reigning monarch, currently Queen Elizabeth II, is.
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Level 60
Aug 13, 2019
i got ur by typing "ur mom" in frustration
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Level 29
Aug 8, 2021
The first five books are not known as Torah, the Torah is short for "Torah Navaim ketvaim" which means the law, prophets and writings" and is usually used as reference to the entire OT.

The first five books, although it can be called the Torah are usually called the Pentateuch

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Level 65
Aug 8, 2021
I saw "Bible distributor" and thought "Gutenburg." Never heard of Gideons
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Level 48
Aug 8, 2021
Torah is not a collective name for the five books of Judaism. Tanach is. Torah is actually one of the books comprising Tanach, the first of them - the T in Tanach (an hebrew abbreviation itself) stands for Torah
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Level 90
Aug 10, 2021
Summarizing the first 2 paragraphs of wikipedia: Torah has a range of meanings. It can most specifically mean the first five books of the Hebrew Bible. This is known in the Jewish tradition as the Written Torah.

It can also mean the continued narrative from all the 24 books, from the Book of Genesis to the end of the Tanakh (Chronicles). If meant for liturgic purposes, it takes the form of a Torah scroll, which contains strictly the five books of Moses.