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Small statues of stupas in the Kingdom of Bhutan.

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A door in the complex of a museum and temple in the Tang Valley in the Kingdom of Bhutan.

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Masks hang on the wall of a museum and temple in the Tang in the Kingdom of Bhutan Valley in the Kingdom of Bhutan.

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Masks hang on the wall of a museum and temple in the Tang in the Kingdom of Bhutan Valley in the Kingdom of Bhutan.

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A cloth with a Buddhist deity hangs in a museum and temple in the Tang Valley in the Kingdom of Bhutan.

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An evil spirit on a ceiling beam in a museum and Buddhist temple in the Tang Valley in the Kingdom of Bhutan.

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Religious artifacts in a museum and temple in the Tang Valley in the Kingdom of Bhutan.

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The Pantheon in Rome, Italy.

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The dome of an Orthodox church in southern Europe.

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A crucifix in a church in Naples, Italy.

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Sikh men outside of London clasp their hands in prayer during the Sikh holiday Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurpurab. Southall, s suburb of London, England, is home to a large Sikh population.

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A Sikh boy takes part in festivities during Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurpurab in Southall, a suburb of London, England. The Sikh holiday celebrates the birth of the first Sikh guru. London is home to a sizable Sikh population.

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Men prepare for the parade for the Sikh holiday Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurpurab in Southall, a suburb of London. The festival celebrates the first Sikh guru, Guru Nanak. There are between 200,000 and 300,000 Sikhs living in London.

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In a suburb of Long, England, a man prepares for the Sikh celebration of Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurpurab, which commemorates the birth of the first Sikh guru, Guru Nanak. Sikhs believe that Guru Nanak brought enlightenment to the world.

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The Sikh emblem, the khanda, as seen on stained-glass windows in Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, in Southall, a suburb of London, England. The khanda symbolizes belief in one God.

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A statue of Ganesh sits in Trafalgar Square in London, England, for Diwali celebrations. Millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Light, which celebrates victory over evil, a renewed life filled with health, wealth, happiness and prosperity.

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The setting sun puts a glow on an icon stand outside of one of the Orthodox churches in Tipova, Moldova. The government and churches put these icon stands up outside of churches and in the entrances to villages.

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An icon stands over the road into Alexăndreni village. The government and churches erects these icons of saints stands outside of churches and entrances to villages. The saint is usually who the church was named after. However, many of the icons are Jesus on the cross.

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A woman kisses an icon in an Orthodox church in Chisinau, Moldova. All churches have multiple candle stands in front of the icons and it is customary for worshipers to purchase candles, light them and place them on the stands. This ritual signifies a person’s prayer to God, or to the saints or angels. As long as the candle is burning, it is believed that the saint intercedes for them.

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Ceiling of an Orthodox church in Moldova. Eastern Orthodox is the “official” government religion in Moldova. The government builds the churches, supports the priests and constructs icons of Jesus on the cross. Moldovans associate Christianity with heritage.

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