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The ''fish'' is one of the oldest symbols of Christianity and was used as a secret sign during the persecutions under the
Roman Empire. ''Jesus Christ, Son of God, the Savior'' is an ancient Christian affirmation and its first letters form the Greek
word for fish.


 

                 
  
  
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Hanukkah
Every year Jewish people celebrate an eight-day holiday called Hanukkah.
A major symbol of the holiday is a candleholder called a menorah.


Jewish Synagogue
A synagogue is a place where Jewish people worship and have religious
ceremonies. This synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island, is the oldest in
the United States. It was built between 1759 and 1763.
Richard Frear/National Park Service
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represent Islam. The symbol is due to cultral diffusion and the spread of Islam to the Ottoman turks who ruled a large area and also
put the crescent moon and star symbol on their flag. 
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Certain words in Arabic script or characters can be regarded as visually representing Islam, such as "Allah"


 
  
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Hindu God Vishnu
Hindus believe in a supreme being called Brahman who can appear on
Earth in the form of gods and goddesses. This painting shows the Hindu
god Vishnu appearing on Earth to destroy injustice and save the world.
Victoria and Albert Museum
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Hindu Temple
Many Hindus make pilgrimages, or religious journeys, to visit holy places.
The Kamakshya Temple in northeastern India is a popular destination for
pilgrimages.
Anil A. David/Dinodia Picture Agency
Microsoft ® Encarta ® 2009. © 1993-2008 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.


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