Kwanzaa It is an African American and pan African culture. It celebrated by African Americans in the U.S. When we have Easter egg hunts, we are combining a Christian holiday… with ancient Greek and Roman pagan traditions. (MORE)
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Syncretism consists of the attempt to reconcile disparate or contradictory beliefs, often while melding… practices of various schools of thought. The term may refer to attempts to merge and analogize several originally discrete traditions , especially in the theology and mythology of religion , and thus assert an underlying unity allowing for an inclusive approach to other faiths..
Syncretism in Christianity .
Nascent Christianity appears to have incorporated many Jewish and pagan cultural elements, through a process of " Christianization " or "baptizing" them to conform with Christian belief and principles, at least partially, whilst discarding theologically or morally incompatible elements.. (MORE)
The term 'Syncretism' can be applied in perhaps two ways when discussing religion. It applies to the process whereby all religions gradually adopt ideas from the r…eligions of neighbouring peoples or of conquerors. The second sense, which applies to this question, is best understood by looking at the ancient Egyptian religion, a prime example..
In ancient Egypt, a god could often be combined with another god to demonstrate a certain power. This was not entirely a simplistic idea, but is best understood as such for present purposes. Two examples are:.
Ra was the sun god. Horus was the god embodying power over the earth, and was therefore associated with the horizon. They were often combined to become Ra-Horakhty, 'the sun god, the Horus of the horizon'..
Ra also combined with Amun, 'the hidden one', to become Amun-Ra, 'lord of the sky, power of the land'.. (MORE)
Well, THE example would be the Spanish conquest, in which the Spanish imposed Catholicism upon the indigenous populations of Mexico and all of Latin America. A more basic exam…ple might be seeing a Mayan woman attend mass in her native garb. (MORE)
Syncretism is generally mixing of any two beliefs, particularly religious beliefs. A major push of syncretism between Paganism and Christianity was initiated by the Roman Empe…ror Constantine in the 320's AD when he incorporated elements of Paganism into the newly created state religion of Roman Christianity. Constantine, himself a sun worshiper, was the first to formally enforce the first day of the week, Sunday, as a mandatory rest day in order to make the Pagans feel more comfortable in the new state religion. This mixing resulted in a greater emphasis on ritual and chain-of-command imperatives. (MORE)
Syncretism is defined as the combining of different, oftenseemingly contradictory beliefs, while melding practices of variousschools of thought. The Rastafari movement mixes e…lements from theBible, Marcus Garvey's Pan Africanism movement, Hinduism, andCaribbean culture, and voodoo combines elements of Western African,native Caribbean, and Christian beliefs. (MORE)
Eclecticism is a conceptual approach that does not hold rigidly to a single paradigm or set of assumptions, but instead draws upon multiple theories, styles, or ideas to ga…in complementary insights into a subject, or applies different theories in particular cases.It can sometimes seem inelegant or lacking in simplicity, and eclectics are sometimes criticized for lack of consistency in their thinking. It is, however, common in many fields of study. (MORE)
A: A syncretic religion is one that brings together two distinct sets of belief to create an entirely new one. Relatively modern examples of syncretism include Druze (which …integrates the beliefs of Ismaili Islam with the philosophical doctrines of Gnosticism and Platonism), Sikhism and Bahai. However, there are some surprising earlier, mainstream examples. Daoism, an ancient Chinese religion incorporates elements of Chinese folk religion and Chinese Buddhism. At the time Islam arose in southern Arabia, paganism, Christianity and Judaism were contesting for followers. Islam can be said to incorporate elements of early Orthodox Christianity and of Judaism, as well as the local pagan beliefs. For example, Muslim jinn were known in pre-Islamic pagan belief. Christianity is also a syncretic religion. It incorporates elements of Zoroastrianism that were not fully adopted by Judaism or, like hell or the evil personality of Satan, were subsequently rejected by Judaism. Within the context of their Judaic origin, some scholars also detect two different proto-Christian traditions that eventually merged to become modern Christianity. One is a sayings tradition that knew nothing of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, which Burton L Mack calls the Jesus Movement. The other, which Burton L Mack calls the Christ cult, taught of the crucifixion and destiny of Christ but knew little of the teachings attributed to Jesus. The 'Word' in John chapter 1 is based on the Greek Logos and entered Christianity via Philo of Alexandria. Judaism is heavily syncretic. A number of concepts that were first adopted during the Babylonian Exile, parallel existing concepts in Zoroastrianism. The Jewish God was formerly known as YHWH (pronounced 'Yahweh', modern Hebrew: YHVH ), but Keel and Uehlinger ( Gods, Goddesses and Images of God in Ancient Israel ) say that Yahweh was originally a storm God, later becoming worshipped as the sun God and only being understood as a universal God in the late monarchy. What I have tried to show here is that every religion, with the possible exception of Animism, is a syncretic religion - yet scarcely anyone thinks of his or her religion as syncretic. Most people who devoutly believe in a particular religion will think of it as the only true religion, which usually precludes knowledge of its syncretic past. (MORE)