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The Museum of Religions

Ema Hotei  

Japan: Pilgrimage Visual

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Large funerary statue from Tell Halaf

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Germanic Religions

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Religions of Pre-Columbian America

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Religions of Ancient Egypt

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The Museum of Religions currently holds approximately 6,500 objects, a significant portion of which can be viewed by visitors in the permanent exhibition.  The permanent exhibition displays objects from different religious traditions, seeking to exemplify their concrete religious practices and customs.  Pictures and texts explain and illustrate the various pieces and their significance.  The exhibition rooms occupy several stories of the building known as the “New Chancellery,” and their concept and design is based on the work of Dr. Martin Kraatz, who was the Museum’s Director from 1968 to 1998.

Original and, from today’s perspective, peculiar replicas of temple buildings, cultic figures, and funerary objects from Central America, ancient Egypt, and the ancient Germanic peoples illustrate the religious life and imagination of these institutionally defunct religions.

Objects from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – three religions that, while historically interconnected, followed different paths of development – can be found together in another exhibition room.

Ritual objects such as masks, small sculptures, and carvings from different geographical regions of Africa are located in a temporary space in the exhibition room on the third floor (in German, 2. Stock). Objects from the Pacific region are presently in storage.

The five exhibition rooms on the third floor (in German, 2. Stock) provide a view into the religious world of South and East Asia. Four exhibition rooms are devoted solely to Buddhism, which is distributed across these regions in different schools: the Theravâda tradition in South Asia, Mahâyâna-Buddhism in China, Korea and Japan, esoteric Buddhism in Tibet.

Ceremonial objects, cultic images, and statues from India, China and Japan are placed near each other in order to highlight the distinctiveness of each region. The pieces on display correspond to the religious traditions of these geographical regions, including Hinduism, Confucianism, Daoism, Shintô and a new Japanese religion called Tenrikyô.


African Religions

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Last modified: 05.04.2011 · Zandt

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