Alternative Paths Vocab

Alliance
--> In Cao Dai, one of three periods of special divine revelation 
Anthroposophy 
--> "Human wisdom" (Greek); a movement that grew out of Theosophy and emphasizes education and other practical means for spiritual development
Auditor
--> In Scientology, a counselor who, through a series of questions, works to guide a person to greater self-understanding
Bab
--> "Door," "Gate"; a prophet who was the forerunner of Baha'u'llah, the founder of Baha'i
Baha'i
--> A modern monotheistic religion that grew out of Islam and emphasizes unity and equality of individuals, cultures, and religions; a follower of the Baha'i religion 
Baha'u'llah
--> "Glory of Allah" (Arabic); the founder of Baha'i
Bard
--> A first-level initiate in Druidism; also, a follower of a path in Druidism
Bridge
--> In Scientology, a diagram of the stages toward personal liberation
Candomblé
--> The syncretic religion of Brazil that blends elements of Portuguese Catholicism and African religions
Cao Dai
--> "High palace"; a syncretic religion that began in Vietnam that blends Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism, and Catholic Christianity
Church Universal and Triumphant
--> A religion that unites elements from Theosophy and Christianity; also referred to as CUT 
Clear
--> In Scientology, the state of mental liberation; the person who has achieved mental liberation; also referred to as operating thetan, or OT
Contemporary Paganism
--> A general name for several movements that attempt to reestablish a pre-Christian European nature religion; also called Neo-Paganism
Dreadlocks
--> The long coiled hair worn by some Rastafarians
Druid
--> "Oak-tree wisdom"; a Celtic priest of two thousand years ago; a follower of the modern recreation of Druidism
E-meter
--> In Scientology, an electronic machine that reads galvanic skin response; sometimes used to assist the auditing process 
Engram
--> In Scientology, an experience of earlier suffering (even from a past life) that keeps a person from relating healthily to the present
Equinox
--> "Equal night"(Latin); the two days of the year, in the spring and autumn, when the hours of daylight and nighttime are equal 
Esbat
--> In Wicca, the time of the full moon, often marked by a meeting or ceremony 
Eurhythmy
--> "Good rhythm" (Greek); a type of interpretive dance utilized in Anthroposophy as a technique for spiritual growth
Falun
--> "Law wheel" (Chinese); an invisible spiritual wheel, believed by followers of Falun Gong to spin in the abdominal region, distilling and spreading energy from the universe
Falun Gong
--> "Law-wheel energy" (Chinese); a modern Chinese religion that uses meditation and physical exercises in its practice
Loa
--> A deity in Voodoo
MEST
--> In Scientology, an acronym for matter, energy, space, and time; the world of time and space, the world in which spirits must live
Ocha
--> In Santería, any deity
Operating Thetan
--> In Scientology, a fully liberated person; also referred to as OT and clear 
Orisha
--> A general name for a deity in the Yoruba-tradition religions
Ovate
--> A second-level initiate in Druidism; also, a follower of a path of Druidism
Pre-clear
--> In Scientology, a person who is not yet spiritually liberated and who is just beginning to undergo the auditing process
Qigong 
--> "Energy force" (Chinese); a type of martial art that is thought to increase health and strength
Ras Tafari
--> The original name of Emperor Haile Selassie, often used by Rastafarians to emphasize his religious significance
Rastafarianism 
--> A religion that began in Jamaica in the 1920's to emphasize African pride; it considers Haile Selassie (Ras Tafari) to be divine
Rede
--> "Advice," "cousel"; a term used in Wicca to describe its maxim that an act is allowable if it does no harm: "An [if] it harm none, do what you will"
Sabbat
--> One of eight seasonal turning points marked by Wiccans and Druids
Santera
--> A preistess of Santería
Santería
--> "Saint-thing" or "saint-way" (Spanish); a Yoruba-based religion that developed in Cuba and was influenced by Spanish Catholicism
Santero
--> A priest of Santería
Scientology
--> "Knowledge-study" (Latin and Greek); a modern religion that promotes as process of focusing thought and clarifying life goals
Solstice
--> "Sun-stands" (Latin); the two days of the year, at midwinter and midsummer, when the season begins to reverse itself
Theosophy
--> "Divine wisdom" (Greek); an eclectic movement, particularly influenced by Hinduism, that focuses on the mystical elements of all religions
Thetan
--> In Scientology, the human soul
Voodoo
--> A religion that developed in Haiti that blends elements from French Catholicism and African religions
Wicca
--> A Contemporary Pagan movement that seeks harmony with the forces of nature and worships both the female and male aspects of the divine
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