Temple - Other Religions

Other Religions

Though the word "temple" is used broadly, one should use it with discretion in the context of some religions. For example, a masjid or "mosque" should not be considered a temple because masjid in Arabic means "the place for kneeling (to God)."

Convention allows the use of temple in the following cases:

  • Bahá'í temple (Mashriqu'l-Adhkárs or ‘Houses of Worship’).
  • Mankhim, the temple of the ethnic group the Rai, located at Aritar, Sikkim.
  • Confucian temple or Temple of Confucius.
  • Shintoist jinja are normally called shrines in English in order to distinguish them from Buddhist temples (-tera, -dera).
  • Taoist temples and monasteries are called guan or daoguan (道观, literally "place of contemplation of the Tao") in Chinese, guan being the shortened version of daoguan.
  • Shrines of the traditional Chinese Ethnic Shenism are called miao, or ancestral hall in English. Joss house is an obsolete American term for such kind of places of worship.

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