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Glossary of Terms: C


Caduceus

staff carried by heralds and envoys (originally by the divine Greek messenger Hermes); a symbol of peace

Candelmas Presentation of Christ at the Temple

Candelmas/Presentation of Christ at the Temple

Chador

long black cloak worn especially by Iranian women to cover their body and head; this practice began with the Islamic revolution

Chakras

in Tantric Buddhism, some forms of Hinduism, and New Age traditions, psychic-energy focal points in the human body

Channeling

more recent version of spiritualism, in which contact is made with the dead or spiritual beings

Chanukah

Chanukah

Cheesefare Sunday Maslenitsa

Cheesefare Sunday/Maslenitsa

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Christ the King

Christ the King

Christmas Day

Christmas Day

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

Clear

in Scientology, an ideal spiritual state reached when one is freed from irrational and dysfunctional behavior

Confucius

Chinese philosopher and teacher (551-479 BCE) whose ideas are foundational to Chinese social, political, and religious traditions including Confucianism and Daoism

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi

Coven

group comprised of witches, usually 12 in number


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