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Somebody who communicates with the spiritual realms on behalf of the living. Seen in many Animistic types of belief systems.
The Islamic book of laws which regulates all aspects of life including, moral behavior, family life, business dealings, and government.
Shinto, which means "Way of the Gods," is the traditional religion of Japan that focuses on nature. Many consider Shinto to be a form of Animism due to the many similarities found between them. Shinto teaches that there is a sacredness of the whole universe and that humans can be in tune with this sacredness. Every mountain, river, plant, animal, and all the diverse phenomena of heaven and earth have spirits, or kami, which inhabit them. Reverence is paid to the ancestors through the practice of ancestor worship.
Military ruler of feudal Japan.
A belief system which blends Hindu traditions with Islamic monotheistic traditions. Based in India and Pakistan.
Very fine grains of dirt deposited by a moving body of water.
(1967)War between Israel and Egypt, Syria, and Jordon where Israel defeated the three in six days, capturing territory from each.
A person forced to work for another with no payment or freedom to seek work elsewhere. A slave can be bought and sold.
The buying and selling of people for the purposes of slavery.
A system of forced labor.
Ethnic group of indo-European descent which includes Russians, Bulgarians, and Poles.
A highly contagious disease. Symptoms include high fever and scar-producing blisters. It can be fatal.
A group of people within a society who share the same social, political, and economic status.
Theory of Thomas Hobbes that states the people form a social contract with government where they give up all rights for protection from other citizens.
Social Contract, The
French philosopher Jean Jaques Rousseau's book in which he wrote that people were basically good, and that society, and its unequal distribution of wealth, were the cause of most problems. Rousseau believed that government should be run according to the will of the majority, which he called the General Will. He claimed that the General Will would always act in the best interest of the people.