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Hinduism Hinduism
Hinduism is an Indian religion encompassing diverse ritualistic Vedic traditions stressing the importance of karma and societal norms. The vast field of Hindu scriptures...

Puja
祭祀

Puja refers to a variety of Hindu rituals in which offerings are made to a deity or to honored people. Individual Hindus often perform a daily puja at small personal shrines they have constructed to familial and personal gods in their own homes. Offerings used in home pujas are usually simple, such as incense, fruit, and water. More elaborate pujas ceremonies occur in temples, where the resident priests perform the ceremony on behalf of other worshipers in devotion to the deity of that particular temple. Pujas are somewhat intimate in nature, as devotees typically begin by inviting God to the puja by indwelling the particular image that is part of the service, for example, the image of Lord Vishnu or Shiva or the goddess Kali. Next, the deity is offered a seat, well wishes, and gifts as part of the puja service. These steps are followed by making ritual offerings to the deity.
祭祀是指各种各样崇拜神或敬拜人的印度教仪式。单个的印度教徒经常在个人的小神龛前举行日常祭祀,他们在自己家里建造了家庭和个人的神像。用于家庭祭祀的供品通常很简单,如香、水果和水等。复杂的祭祀在寺庙里举行,由驻地神职人员代表其他信徒举行仪式,对该寺庙中的神进行奉献。祭祀具有某种对话性,因为祭祀开始时信徒们通常会邀请神降临祭祀仪式,并为他提供座位,然后询问神到祭祀仪式的“旅途”如何,随后是供养和参拜。

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