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Religion {1} ~ What Is It?

Religion is a social-cultural system of designated behaviors and practices, morals, beliefs, worldviews, texts, sanctified places, prophecies, ethics, or organizations, that relates humanity to supernatural, transcendental, and spiritual elements; however, there is no scholarly consensus over what precisely constitutes a religion.

Different religions may or may not contain various elements ranging from the divine, sacred things, faith, a supernatural being or supernatural beings or “some sort of ultimacy and transcendence that will provide norms and power for the rest of life”. Religious practices may include rituals, sermons, commemoration or veneration (of deities and/or saints), sacrifices, festivals, feasts, trances, initiations, funerary services, matrimonial services, meditation, prayer, music, art, dance, public service, or other aspects of human culture. Religions have sacred histories and narratives, which may be preserved in sacred scriptures, and symbols and holy places, that aim mostly to give a meaning to life. Religions may contain symbolic stories, which are sometimes said by followers to be true, that may also attempt to explain the origin of life, the universe, and other phenomena. Traditionally, faith, in addition to reason, has been considered a source of religious beliefs.

There are an estimated 10,000 distinct religions worldwide. About 84% of the world’s population is affiliated with Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, or some form of folk religion. The religiously unaffiliated demographic includes those who do not identify with any particular religion, atheists, and agnostics. While the religiously unaffiliated have grown globally, many of the religiously unaffiliated still have various religious beliefs.

The study of religion comprises a wide variety of academic disciplines, including theology, comparative religion and social scientific studies. Theories of religion offer various explanations for the origins and workings of religion, including the ontological foundations of religious being and belief.

Source ~ https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion

~Guru Parampara~

According to religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, guru parampara refers to the uninterrupted succession of gurus. Derived from Sanskrit, guru means “teacher” and parampara means “uninterrupted series,” “continuation” or “succession.”

The passing down of knowledge, which is the concept of parampara, is central to yogic philosophy.

Ologies {3} ~ E-G’s

Ecohydrology to Gynecology
Ecohydrology: The study of interactions between organisms and the water cycle
Ecology: The study of the relationships between living organisms and their environment
Ecophysiology: The study of the interrelationship between an organism’s physical functioning and its environment
Edaphology: A branch of soil science that studies the influence of soil on life
Electrophysiology: The study of the relationship between electric phenomena and bodily processes
Embryology: The study of embryos
Endocrinology: The study of internal secretory glands
Entomology: The study of insects
Enzymology: The study of enzymes
Epidemiology: The study of the origin and spread of diseases
Ethology: The study of animal behavior
Exobiology: The study of life in outer space
Exogeology: The study of the geology of celestial bodies
Felinology: The study of cats
Fetology (foetology): The study of the fetus
Formicology: The study of ants
Gastrology (gastroenterology): The study of the stomach and intestines
Gemology: The study of gemstones
Geobiology: The study of the biosphere and its relations to the lithosphere and atmosphere
Geochronology: The study of the age of the Earth
Geology: The study of the Earth
Geomorphology: The study of present-day landforms
Gerontology: The study of old age
Glaciology: The study of glaciers
Gynecology: The study of medicine relating to women

Ologies {2} ~ B-D’s

Bacteriology: The study of bacteria
Bioecology: The study of the interaction of life in the environment
Biology: The study of life
Bromatology: The study of food
Cardiology: The study of the heart
Cariology: The study of cells; the study of dental cavities
Cetology: The study of cetaceans (e.g., whales, dolphins)
Climatology: The study of the climate
Coleopterology: The study of beetles
Conchology: The study of shells and of mollusks
Coniology: The study of dust in the atmosphere and its effects on living organisms
Craniology: The study of the characteristics of the skull
Criminology: The scientific study of crime
Cryology: The study of very low temperatures and related phenomena
Cynology: The study of dogs
Cytology: The study of cells
Cytomorphology: The study of the structure of cells
Cytopathology: The branch of pathology that studies diseases on the cellular level
Dendrochronology: The study of the age of trees and the records in their rings
Dendrology: The study of trees
Dermatology: The study of the skin
Dermatopathology: The field of dermatological anatomical pathology
Desmology: The study of ligaments
Diabetology: The study of diabetes mellitus
Dipterology: The study of flies