Devotion - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religion

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Objects of Devotion

The extensiveness of devotion in religion becomes evident when the variety of objects of devotion is considered. While deities are usually considered the principal objects of devotion, a great many other things are also given devotion in the world's religions. In many African religions, as well as in such historical traditions as Hinduism and Confucianism, ancestors are important objects of reverence, awe, and devotion. Various people, living and dead, are also objects of devotion or the focus of devotional cults. Gurūs in Hinduism, saints in Christianity, the xian (immortals) in Daoism, the sage kings in Confucianism, imāms in Islam, tīrthaṃkaras in Jainism, and the buddhas and bodhisattvas in Buddhism are only a few examples of divine personages who receive devotion in the world's religions.

In most religions, devotion is primarily addressed to a deity. This...

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