Elements of Reliogious Traditions

Elements of Religious Traditions Paper
Keonna Gamble
June 14, 2012
Professor Sarah Mueller

Elements of Religious Traditions Paper
Religions all mark the important events in a person's life such as: birth, marriage and death in different ways, but there are more often than not similar ideals. “We all, for example, have systems of beliefs, knowledge, values, and traditions”(National Council for the Social Studies, 1998).
Whether it is an actual ceremony, a pilgrimage, or even a simple prayer over a buried body, it has always been a tradition for the death of a loved one to be handled with respect and dignity. All religions have some significant way to commemorate the dead; this similarity can be best illustrated in the way we put our dead to rest. If I should Die.Co.Uk says that, “Essentially, the Christian belief is one of resurrection and the continuation of the human soul, which stems from a trust in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as a way to everlasting life” (If I Should Die.Co.Uk, 2012).   If I Die.Co.Uk also noted that, “Hindus believe in reincarnation and a Hindu funeral should be as much a celebration as a remembrance service (If I Should Die.Co.Uk, 2012). However, although major religions share so many similarities, like living by a set of laws and rules compiled together in some type of sacred text; not all religions do. All religions share these same characteristics: a belief system shared by a community - whose ideals are practiced, centralized myths, rituals, rules on behavior, characteristic emotional experiences, and a distinction between the sacred and the ordinary.
Religions also have very specific methods for the handling of issues dealing with men and women. The Christian New Testament contains words that sometimes have been interpreted to mean that women should not play a prominent role in public worship: “I do not allow them to teach or to have authority over men; they must keep quiet. For Adam was created first,...