David H. Day

Professor DavidDavid was the King of Israel (c. 1000 BCE) credited with uniting the many tribes of Israel into a centralized kingdom with Jerusalem as its capital. David is said to have planned for the Temple in Jerusalem, which was subsequently built by his son Solomon... H. Day became an affiliate of the Pluralism Project in 2003 with “Encountering Old Faiths in New Places,” a project mapping religious diversity in the Rochester, NY area. The project was linked with Dr. Day’s course, Anthropology 202: “Human Religious Experience” at Monroe Community College.

Dr. Day and students enrolled in the course conducted ethnographic research on area religious institutions with focused ethnographic inquiries on a variety of religious and spiritual communities and faiths that were “new” to the Rochester area, especially those non-Judaeo-Christian groups in diasporaA Greek word first used in the Hellenistic period, Diaspora refers to the “dispersion” of Jewish communities living in countries other than Israel. Today, the term Diaspora is also used to describe other religious communities, living apart from their ... emerging in the United States since 1965. Dr. Day wrote at the time of this research: “Until quite recently, research on these groups has been largely neglected by researchers and scholars.” Some of the students focused specifically on the origins and growth of local ethnic Buddhist templesBuddhist temples differ considerably from one another depending upon culture and particular school, but most are associated with the residence of the sangha of monks. Theravada temples focus on one or more images of Sakyamuni Buddha. In Mahayana and Vajra... and others on profiles of mosquesMasjid (plural masajid) in Arabic means “place of prostration,” or the place where Muslims bow in prayer; in English, this word has become “mosque.” A masjid contains a prayer hall in which there is a mihrab or prayer niche, and a minbar or pulpit... and templesA temple is a house of worship, a sacred space housing the deity or central symbol of the tradition. The Temple in Jerusalem was the holy place of the Jewish people until its destruction by the Romans in 70 CE; now the term “temple” is used by th. Ref....

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