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Throughout time there have been clashes between religions It is very seldom where one might find two or more religions living in harmony Many people believe that in the United States people live in harmony If you asked a random person off the streets if they think that there is no more hate between religions and most people have gotten over that confused time most of them would say yes This is far from the truth There are degrees of harmony In the United States for the most part people dont start fights over religion but in other countries there are wars that have been going on for hundreds of years This is where syncretism is needed between religions Syncretism is a form of conservatism which values fusion of existing entities above innovationThe term syncretism is also used for the deliberate combination of religious beliefs Trenor 1999 In Laymens terms syncretism is where the aspects of two or more religions are added together to make a single religion that all sides can agree on Syncretism is needed between religions to keep tensions down and to allow cultures to agree on a belief system Syncretism is not a new way to solve religious problems Syncretism has been around since the days when Islam and religions of that era were formed This paper is going to discuss three religions Santeria Voodoo and Buddhism Santeria and Voodoo may have the same origins but are different religions Buddhism is separate from the other two and is included to show that syncretism is wide spread and is not confined to Africa Santeria is a religion combining some of the aspects of Christianity and the worship of the Orisha Robinson 1999 The worship of Orisha or similar beliefs had been practiced in Africa for hundreds of years before a white man ever stepped foot on Africa When Africans where shipped over to America they were forced to convert
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