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Parchments made from calf skin
Entry link: Vellum


A monotheistic, pre-Islamic religion of ancient Persia founded by the prophet Zoroaster (Zarathustra) in the 6th century. Believers worship a false god named Ahura Mazda, and follow Zarathusta in the religion of Mazdeism. Their system of worship presupposes a good spirit (Ormuzd) and an opposing evil Spirit (Ahriman). Once a dominant religion of Greater Iran, the number of adherents has dwindled to under 200,000 worldwide, with concentrations in India and Iran. The Zoroastrian Towers of Silence in Yazd, Iran, were used to leave their dead at the top of the towers to be consumed by vultures, a practice continued today among the Parsis of India.
Entry link: Zoroastrianism


Denarius (Denarii)

A Roman coin paid a day's wages of a slave in New Testament Bible Times.
Entry link: Denarius (Denarii)


A deep bow to one or both knees is a sign of devotion to the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Genuflection is also done at the mention of the incarnation by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary within the liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church, and in the churches of the Anglican Communion.
Entry link: Genuflection


Highly stylized portrait of Christ or the saints, intended to focus the mind of the viewer upon their subject and encourage imitation of their virtues. The beautiful icons of the Byzantine era were created to become literal windows to Heaven, work miracles. and to look upon its representation. Icons did not portray the presence of God in people's lives, but rather, they enabled the presence of God to come to believers, as their beauty was contemplated. The veneration of the idols suggested that through them God was worshipped; just as through the man Jesus, God was worshipped. (Hill, 135, 141).


Hill, Jonathan. "Early Christianity: A World Religion." Handbook to the History of Christianity. Zondervan, 2006.
Entry link: Icon


A material object or image representing a false deity that is given worship, adoration, or devotion
Entry link: Idol


A worshiper of an idol
Entry link: Idolater

Nature Worship

The deitification of the things of nature leading to the worship of a false god

Entry link: Nature Worship


Willing compliance, submission, and conformance to the rule of authority.
Entry link: Obedience


A bow or curtsy before a superior to reflect deep respect. (See Genuflection)
Entry link: Obeisance

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