Asian And Abrahamic Religions: A Divine Encounter In America
Airs Monday, Oct. 29 & Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV
"Asian And Abrahamic Religions: A Divine Encounter In America," a two-part documentary, explores the beliefs, practices and rituals of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. The documentary offers an in-depth look at the differences and surprising similarities among the Asian religions and the "Abrahamic" faiths of Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
Cinema vérité- style scenes capture a variety of religious ceremonies, festivals, rituals and sacred dance: a Hindu holiday celebrating Ganesha's birthday; a service recounting the great Hindu epic, the "Ramayana," at a temple in Maryland; a royal Hindu wedding; and the 300th anniversary celebration of the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh scriptures.
In addition, cameras visit the oldest Buddhist temple in the U.S., located in San Francisco's Chinatown, and contrast a Buddhist monastery in West Virginia with its Catholic counterpart in Washington, D.C.
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