pray v. to address a god with adoration, confession, supplication or thanksgiving


Defining theme:                   Chosen People

Favorite Son:                           David

Culinary Contribution:         Matzo Ball

Big Moment:                            Moses parts the Red Sea

Essential Reading:                 I and Thou by Martin Buber


Defining Theme:                        Meek shall inherit the earth

Favorite son:                                Jesus

Culinary Tradition:                    Fish Sticks

Big Moment:                                Jesus resurrects

Essential Reading:                     The Golden Legend by Jacobus de Voragine


Defining Theme:                        Screw tradition

Culinary Tradition:                    Tuna Noodle Casserole

Favorite son:                                Guttenberg

Big Moment:                                King Henry wants a divorce

Essential Reading:                     The Mischief of Sin by Thomas Watson

Zoroastrianism (Persian):

Defining Theme:                   Good thoughts, good words, good deeds

Favorite Son:                           Zarathushtra

Culinary Tradition:                 The Kebob

Big Moment:                             Seven-year-old Zarathustra survives poisoning attempt.

Essential Reading:                  The Avesta


Defining Theme:                        Karma

Favorite Son:                               Krishna

Culinary Tradition:                    Chicken Tikka Masala

Big Moment:                                Lord Vishnu opened his eyes

Essential Reading:                      The Upanishads


Defining Theme:                        Scripture Alone

Favorite Son:                               Martin Luther

Culinary Tradition:                    Cheese Whiz and Olives on Rye

Big Moment:                                Charles V issues Edict of Worms

Essential Reading:                      Book of Concord

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