Altars of the World: The Eastern Religions (1976)

Genres - Spirituality & Philosophy  |   Sub-Genres - Religions & Belief Systems  |   Run Time - 53 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This feature-length documentary views religious people and their ceremonies around the world, devoting most of its time to the then little-known Asian religions. This wide-ranging film is of particular interest to students of comparative religions, but those searching for a comprehensive review of the many varieties of Christianity may prefer to look elsewhere. Hindu belief systems, Zoroastrianism and Sikhism are examined, and the varieties of Buddhism are discussed. One highlight is a demonstration of hatha yoga given by an Indian sadhu, which shows something of the extremes possible in human physical development.

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Asia, Buddhism, ceremony, culture [social culture], Hinduism, Jainism, Shintoism