From Kuan Yin to Chairman Mao: The Essential Guide to Chinese Deities

China, often thought of as a place of great antiquity and graceful culture, is presented through its imagery of dragons, temples, shrines and palaces. Encountering China, it is important to know that there is a respectful, worshipful culture behind every action and intention, and that like people everywhere, the Chinese also seek good fortune and happiness from their Gods.

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The Melbourne bakeries that tell a story of Jewish migration


Sunday, 27 January 2019, is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a UN Observance worldwide. Courtesy of BBC News, we bring reminisces of Jewish bakeries in Carlisle Street, East St Kilda. This part of Melbourne is famous for its Jewish businesses, synagogues, and of course, the trams trundle along Carlisle Street and Balaclava Road.

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SAM: facing death creatively

The Shepparton Art Museum will feature Dr Catherine Bell – a multi-disciplinary artist – who will conduct two workshops on facing death creatively at the Museum on Wednesday 30 January, morning and afternoon.
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Woolies become halal food people

Woolworths will be the first Australian supermarket to develop and sell its own private label halal-certified product. It is part of the retailer’s wider strategy to grow its range of ethnic and international groceries that are in demand from an increasingly diverse multicultural community.
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India’s Zoroastrian culture

According to legend, Zoroastrians arrived by boat on India’s west coast between the 8th and 10th centuries, fleeing religious persecution in Persia. They found refuge, quickly integrating with the local population by adopting the Gujarati language and local customs, while steadfastly hanging onto their religious beliefs. That first wave became known as Parsis; a second wave, arriving in the 19th century, became another subset called Iranis.

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Lohri 2019 – Harvest Festival

Harvest festivals are celebrated all over India at this time of the year though by different names–Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Magh Bihu in Assam, Pedda Panduga in Andhra Pradesh and Makar Sankranti in Gujarat and other parts of India. All these festivals signify health, wealth and prosperity and the coming of warmer days. One such festival is Lohri, which is marked by the Sikh community.

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Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda in 2019

Swami Vivekananda Jayanti 2019 date based on Hindu panchang and calendar. Swami Vivekananda Jayanti celebrates the birthday of Swami Vivekananda. Swami Vivekananda’s birthday falls on the Paush Krishna Saptami, the 7th day after the full moon day in the Hindu month of Paush. Therefore the date varies from year to year. In the Gregorian Calendar the date is 12 January 1863.
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Muhammad: Forty Introductions – An arba’in for non-Muslims



In his latest work, Michael Muhammad Knight – the enfant terrible of American Muslim writers – has sifted through the thousands upon thousands of Islamic hadiths to find 40 he feels best serve as an introduction to the Prophet Muhammad.

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Ten Great Buddhist Movies



We asked ten actors, filmmakers, and writers to each tell us their favourite movie that has a Buddhist message. We think the Buddha would have liked movies. Since he often taught through stories and parables, he would have appreciated the powerful spiritual stories that great films tell.

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AFL extends Sir Doug Nicholls Round until 2020

THE AFL has officially committed to naming its indigenous showpiece the Sir Doug Nicholls Round for the next two years. The League has honoured Nicholls during the indigenous round since 2016 and is expected to continue to do so for time immemorial, but it has now formalised an agreement with The Nicholls Foundation to pay tribute to him until at least 2020.
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