Explain and expand on these – purpose, traditions, when, why, how?

A study of cultures often extends into the underlying religions of the world, since many of the beliefs of the people are embedded in their art work and cultural icons.  Below is a brief survey of some of today’s religions. This is not an exhaustive list.Choose two very different religions or philosophies from the selection below, that are NOT your religion. Avoid 2 of the same types, like two Christian or Islamic sects.Anglicanism                                          20.  MormonAztec                                                      21.  Native North American – ShamanismBaha’i Faith                                            22.  ProtestantismBuddhism                                              23.  Russian OrthodoxCatholicism                                            24.  SafavidCeltic                                                      25.  ScientologyConfucianism                                        26.  Shi-ite / Shi-a MuslimCoptic                                                    27.  ShintoismDruidism                                                28.  SikhismAncient Egypt Polytheism                    29.  Sunni MuslimEpiscopalian                                            30.  Taoism / DaoismFatimide                                                  31.  ToltecGreco-Roman Polytheism                    32.  UnitarianismGreek Orthodox                                    33.  Viking / Norse MythologyHinduism                                                34.  VoudouJainism                                                    35.  WiccaJudaism                                                  36.  Yoruba mythologyLutheranism                                          37. ZoroastrianismSatanismResearch your religions and provide a contrasting summary in bullet point format.  Use relevant books; go beyond internet sites.You could include:Creation stories                                                                Symbols / iconsTime periods                                                                        Location, regionCentral deity or deities, (prophets)                                  General belief system# of followers today                                                        What happens after this life?Major holidays, celebrations, festivals-Explain and expand on these – purpose, traditions, when, why, how?(not all holidays – one or two of the most important)Sins or prohibited activitiesIcons and their uses, meanings or significanceAvoid simple lists – expand and explain significant holidays or festivals. How and when are they celebrated? What rituals are associated with them?A good paper includes editing down to relevant facts, not simply a restatement of everything found in your research.Incorporate at least 3 pertinent images of iconography for each religion; more if necessary. Identify the significance and common use of each. What do they symbolize? (Churches and photographs of people are not motifs or icons.) Images should be incorporated into your text, not stand-alone images at the end. Images should be icons, not merely artifacts.Your paper must conclude with an insightful page that is devoted to a relevant and revealing comparison and contrast of both religions. Include a personal statement that reveals a reflection or connection.Include a comment on inclusivity, diversity and / or gender equality.Cite several points for comparison.This should ultimately include your own reasoned and rational point of view.Add a personal statement or opinion. Perhaps compare them to your own religionBe prepared to briefly discuss the most interesting part of your research in class!Plagiarism includes the use of sentence fragments. Avoid the possibility of plagiarism. Synthesize and summarize your research in your own words.Images3 – 5 images of motifs or icons associated with each religion – minimum of 6 iconic imagesImages are large enough to be recognizable and identifiableAll images should be citedName and use of each iconMeaning or significance of each iconImages should be incorporated into and identified in your paper_____/15Body of Paper – ContentTime periodLocation, regionCentral deity or deities, (prophets)Major holidays, celebrations, festivalsGeneral belief systemAfterlife# of followers today                                                                                              _____/15Compare and contrast paragraphProper compare and contrast of customsRelevant, well thought out, rational conclusion (not just opinion)Add a personal comment / perspective                                                    ______/10CitationsQuality of Research (at least 50% books)Explain uncommon terms, deities, practicesBibliography  – at least 3 references                                                              _____/5FormatBullet points for comparison, narrative for conclusionTypedDouble spacedReadability / styleSpell check, grammar, punctuationWell organized, Rubric included                                                                    _____/5