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Taken from the Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of World Religions

Here is a dose of daily religion from A to Z.

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“Belenus”, (Gaulish: possibly, “Bright One”), an ancient and widely worshiped deity in CELTIC RELIGION, he was associated with healing. The festival of BELTANE (or Beltine) held on May 1 in Gaelic-speaking lands was possibly originally connected with his cult. O that day the cattle were purified and protected by fire before being put out to the open pastures for the summer.

There is evidence of the cult of Belenus in northern Italy, Noricum in the eastern Alps, and southern Gaul. Belenus is often identified with APOLLO and probably also combined solar and curative elements.

Belenus is the Gaulish/Celtic god of light, and referred to as ‘The Shining One’. His cult spread from northern Italy to southern Gaul and Britain.

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Taken from the Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of World Religions

Here is a dose of daily religion from A to Z.

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“Bel”, the Akkadian counterpart of the Sumerian deity ENLI. Bel is derived from the Semitic word BAAL, or “lord.” Bel had all the attributes of Enlil, and his status and cult were much the same. Bel, however, gradually came to be thought of as the god of order and destiny. In Greek writings references to Bel indicate this Babylonian deity and not the Syrian god of Palmyra of the same name.

Bel of Palmyra, Syria, depicted on the far left alongside Ba’alshamin, Yarhibol and Aglibol on a relief from Palmyra

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Taken from the Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of World Religions

Here is a dose of daily religion from A to Z.

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“Bektashi”Turkish Bektasi, in ISLAM, any member of an order of mystics traditionally founded by Hajji Bektash Wali of Khorasan, Iran. The order acquired definitive form in the 16th century in Anatolia and spread to the Ottoman Balkans, particularly Albania.

Originally one of many Sufi orders (see SUFISM) within orthodox SUNNI Islam, the Bektashi order in the 16th century adopted tenets of the SHI’ITES, including a veneration of ‘ALI, the fourth successor of the prophet MUHAMMAD, as a member of a trinity with ALLAH and the Prophet himself. The Bektashis were lax in observing daily Muslim laws and allowed women to take part in ritual wine drinking and dancing during devotional ceremonies. The Bektashis in the Balkans adapted such  Christian practices as the ritual sharing of bread and the CONFESSION of sins. Their mystical writings made a rich contribution to Sufi poetry. After 1925, when all Sufi orders were dissolved in Turkey, the Bektashi leadership shifted to Albania. With the banning of religion in Albania in 1967, Bektashi devotions were carried on by communities in Turkey, Albanian regions of the Balkans, and the United States.

The founder of the Bektashiyyah sufi order Haji Baktash Wali, a murid of MalāmatīQalāndārī Sheikh Qutb ad-Dīn Haydar, who introduced the Ahmad Yasavi‘s doctrine ofFour Doors and Forty Stendinginto histariqah.

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Taken from the Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of World Religions

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“Baul”, (Bengali: “Madman”), member of an order of religious singers of Bengal known for their unconventional behavior and for the spontaneity of their mystical verse. There is little detailed information about the development of the order, as their songs began to be collected and written down only in the 20th century, but it is known to have existed since the 17th century and probably has deeper roots. The membership consists of both Hindus and Muslims, and the tenor of worship is syncretic (see SYNCRETISM, RELIGIOUS). According to Baul doctrine, the Supreme is manifest in active form in menstrual blood and in passive form in semen. To unite these two aspects of divinity and reverse the process of creation leading to death and rebirth, Bauls practice a sexual and yogic regimen. Their songs frequently speak of this discipline, but do so in symbolic language intended to obscure aspects of its meaning from the uninitiated. A major theme is the love between the human personality and the indwelling, personal divinity. Many Bengali authors have acknowledged an indebtedness of inspiration to Baul verse

This photo was taken by Rabindranath Tagore, Nabani Das Khyeppa Baul was probably one of the last real Bauls to walk on earth.

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Taken from the Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of World Religions

Here is a dose of daily religion from A to Z.

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“Bau”, (Sumerian), also called Nininsina, Akkadian Gula, or  Ninarrak, in MESOPOTAMIAN RELIGIONS, city goddess of Urukug in the Lagash region and, as Nininsina, the Queen of Isin, city goddess of Isin, south of Nippur.

Bau seems originally to have been goddess of the dog; as Nininsina she was long represented with a dog’s head, and the dog was her emblem, though later she became a goddess of healing. She was a daughter of An, king of the gods, and the wife of Pabilsag, a rain god who was also called NINURTA, or Ningirsu.

 

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Taken from the Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of World Religions

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“Bathsheba”, in the OLD TESTAMENT (2 Samuel 11, 12; 1 Kings 1, 2), the beautiful daughter of Eliam and wife of Uriah the Hittite. She was seduced by DAVID and became pregnant. David then had Uriah killed and married her. Their first child died, but Bathsheba later gave birth to SOLOMON. When David was dying, Bathsheba successfully conspired with the prophet Natan to block Adonijah’s succession to the throne and to win it for Solomon, after which she occupied an influential position as the queen mother.

Bathsheba was a beautiful, clever and unscrupulous woman. She was seen by King David as she bathed, desired by him, and subsequently became pregnant to him

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Taken from the Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of World Religions

Here is a dose of daily religion from A to Z.

Today’s religious topic is as follows:

“Bastet”also called Bast, or Ubasti, in EGYPTIAN RELIGION, goddess worshiped in the form of a lioness, and later a cat. Bastet’s nature changed after the domestication of the cat around 1500 BCE. She was native to Bubastis in the Nile River delta but also had an important cult at Memphis. In the Late and Ptolemaic periods large cemeteries of mummified cats were created at both sites, and thousands of bronze statuettes of the goddess were deposited as votive offerings. Small figures of cats were also worn as AMULETS; this too was probably related to the cult of Bastet.

Bastet is represented as a lioness or as a woman with a cat’s head: she carries an ancient percussion breastplate (in Bastet’s case, surmounted with the head of a lioness), in her let hand; and a small bag over her left arm. She wears an elaborately ornamented dress. Her cult was carried to Italy by the Romans, and traces have been found in Rome, Ostia Nemi, and Pompei.

Bastet ( Also called as Bast, Baast, Ubasti and Baset ) the goddess of cats

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