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

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”Angad”, also called Lehna, or Lahina (b. 1504, Matte di Sarai, India—d. 1552, Khadur), second GURÜ of Sikhs (1539-52). Angad was a sakta (“worshiper of the goddess,” see SAKTI) before coming to the fold of Gurü Nanak. Angad was appointed Gurü in 1539 and was able to sustain the community after the death of Gurü Nanak and prepare it for later phases of expansion. In Sikh lore, Gurü Angad is credited with having established a set of crucial institutions; he is also said to have originated the Punjabi script, Gurmukhi, in which the ADI GRANTH is written, and to have promoted the practice of community meals (langar) that broke down CASTE barriers. However, no historically credible documents support these attributions.

Gurü Angad

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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:

”Anekantavada”,  literally the “doctrine of non-onesidedness,” a basic Jain (see JAINISM) ontological assumption that recognizes that any entity is at once enduring, but also undergoes change that is both constant and inevitable. This doctrine states that all entities have three aspects: substance (dravya), quality (guna), and mode (paryaya). The substance serves as a substratum for multiple qualities which must be understood as constantly undergoing modification. Thus, any entity has an abiding, continuous nature, but its qualities are in a state of constant flux.

Anekāntavāda.

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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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”Andromeda”,  in Greek myth, the daughter of King Cepheus and Queen Cassiope of Joppa in Palestine (called Ethiopia) and wife of PERSEUS. Cassiope offended the NEREIDS by boasting that Andromeda was more beautiful than they, so in revenge POSEIDON sent a sea monster to devastate Cepheus’ kingdom. Since only Andromeda’s sacrifice would appease the gods, she was chained to a rock and left to be devoured by the monster. Perseus flew by on PEGASUS, saw Andromeda, and asked Cepheus for her hand. Cepheus agreed, and Perseus slew the monster. At their marriage, however, her uncle Phineus tried to claim her as his betrothed. Perseus turned him to stone with MEDUSA’S head. Andromeda bore Perseus six sons and a daughter.

Andromeda, in Greek mythology, beautiful daughter of King Cepheus and Queen Cassiope of Joppa in Palestine (called Ethiopia) and wife of Perseus.

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

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”Andromache”,  in Greek myth, the daughter of Eëtion (prince of Thee in Mysia) and wife of HECTOR. All her relations perished in or shortly after the taking of Troy. When the captives were allotted, Andromache fell to  NEOPTOLEMUS, the son of ACHILLES, whom she accompanied to Epirus and to whom she bore three sons. At Neoptolemus’ death, HELENUS, the brother of Hector, inherited both Andromache and the kingdom. After the death of Helenus, Andromache returned to Asia Minor with her youngest son, Pergamus, who there founded a town named after himself.

Andromache in Captivity by Frederic Leighton (ca. 1886)

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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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”Androgyny”,  in mythology, the state of having the characteristics of both male and female. Androgyny, as the union of male and female can represent totality, completeness, or perfection; hence in some mythical traditions, a primal mythic being (i.e. a creator or first human) is androgynous and thereby expresses in his or her person a union of disparate features or opposites. This does not express a chaotic hybrid but rather a creative totality (the “coincidence of opposites”). In other systems human procreation is explained in terms of a division of a complete, originally androgynous being (as in Plato’s Symposium and in the Gnostic Gospel of Philip).

Cleavage of the primordial androgyny, Greek vase, 2400 BC The Torah and the Midrash

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

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”Saint Andrews”,  (d. traditionally 60/70 CE, Patras, Achaia [Greece]; feast day November 30), one of the Twelve APOSTLES and brother of St. PETER. He is the patron saint of Scotland and of Russia.

In the SYNOPTIC GOSPELS (Matthew, Mark and Luke), Peter and Andrew were called from their fishing b Jesus to follow him, promising that he would make them fishers of men. In John’s Gospel he is the first apostle name, and he was a disciple of ST. JOHN THE BAPTISTS before Jesus’ call.

Early Byzantine tradition (dependent on John 1:40) calls Andrew protokletos, “first called.” Legends recount his missionary activity in the area about the Black Sea. Apocryphal writings centered on him include the Acts of Andrew, Acts of Andrew and Matthias, and Acts of Peter and Andrew. A 4th-century account reports his death by CRUCIFIXION, and late medieval accretions describe the cross as X-shaped. He is incon-graphically represented with an X-shaped cross.

ST. JEROME records that Andrew’s relics were taken from Patras (modern Pátrai) to Constantinople (modern Istanbul) by command of the Roman emperor Constantius II in 357. From there the body was taken to Amalfi, Italy (Church of Sant’ Andrea), in 1208, and in the 15th century the head was taken to Rome (St. Peter’s, Vatican City). In September 1964 Pope Paul VI returned Andrew’s head to Pátrai as a gesture of goodwill toward the Christians of Greece.

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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:

”Andania Mysteries”,  ancient Greek mystery cult, held in honor of the goddess DEMETER and her daughter Kore (PERSEPHONE) at the town of Andania in Messenia. An inscription of 92 BCE gives directions for the conduct of the rites, although it relates no details of the initiation ceremonies. The ritual was performed by certain “holy ones” of both sexes, who were chosen from the various tribes.

Initiation seems to have been open to men, women, and children, bonded and free, and all costumes were to be severely plain and inexpensive material. An excetion was made for those who were to be “costumed into the likeness of deities,” possibly indicating that a pageant or drama was performed. There was a procession, precedence in which was strictly regulated, and the main ceremonial was preceded by sacrifices to a number of deities.

Demeter drives her horse-drawn chariot containing her daughter Persephone at Selinunte, Sicily 6th century BC.

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