The Kingfisher Book of Religions is a comprehensive, up-to-date reference that will help children understand the role played by religion in today's multi-cultural society, and explain its influence on world events and history. Special focus on the role religion plays in children's lives. Richly illustrated with full-color photographs, maps, and artwork, and accompanied by an engaging and informative text, The Kingfisher Book of Religions brings to life the cultures of the world's major faiths. From the ritual shaving of the heads of young Buddhist monks in Burma to the Whirling Dervishes of Turkish Sufism, The Kingfisher Book of Religions offers a wide-ranging view of not only the major world religions, but also many less well-known belief systems, past and present. Special Features: Illustrated features highlight festivals, customs, ceremonies, traditions, and clothing. Easy-to-understand articles discuss the various faiths, religious founders, rites, and rituals. Glossary andc omprehensive index.