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bulletKa'bah: A structure that Muslims belive was originally constructed by Abraham and his eldest son. Millions of Muslims orient themselves towards the Ka'bah every day during prayers.
bulletKabala (also spelled Kabalah, Kaballa, Kaballah, Kabbala, Kabbalah, Kabballa, Kabballah, and varius spellings starting with the letter C and Q) A Jewish mystical tradition. See Cabbalah.
bulletKama: From the Sanskrit word for love and desire. Kama is the Hindu God of love and erotic desire.
bulletKantheism (a.k.a. Cantheism) refers to religions based, at least in part, on the use of the cannabis plant from which marijuana is derived. Some Animist and Shamanist faiths use cannabis, as do some traditions within Hinduism, Rastafarianism, Satanism, and Zoroastrianism.
bulletKarma: the integrated collection of good and evil that a person accumulates during their present and former lives. Hindus, Buddhists and some others believe that the amount and type of karma will determine a person's state when they are reincarnated in their next life. Similarly, the sum total of one's acts in previous lives determines one's current life. Although the term normally applies to individuals, there exists group karma, family karma and even national karma. Some New Agers and Neopagans also believe in Karma, but generally restrict its effect to a person's current lifetime.
bulletKenosis: A Greek word which means "emptying." Paul used the term in Philippians 2:7 to describe his belief about the process by which Yeshua of Nazareth (Jesus Christ) discarded his supernatural powers and became human.
bulletKetubah: A Jewish marriage contract which specifies the groom's obligations to the bride.
bulletKhutba: A Muslim term referring to a Friday sermon in a mosque.
bulletKibbutz: Jewish term for a communal settlement.
bulletKiddushin: Hebrew for "consecration:" A Jewish engagement to be married.
bulletKippah: (also spelled kippa): A head covering traditionally used only by male Jews. "...the Code of Jewish Law says, 'It is forbidden to walk four cubits without a head covering'." 1 Synonym: yarmulke.
bulletKoine: "The common Greek language as distinct from Classical Greek." 1 The Septuagint and the Christian Scriptures (New Testament) were written in Koine Greek.
bulletKoinonia: A Greek word (pronounced Koy-no-NEE-ah). It was used in the Christian Scriptures (New Testament) to describe the early Pauline Christian church. It means "communication," "fellowship", or "communion."
bulletKoran: The name of the God-inspired text of Islam. Most Muslims prefer an alternative spelling: Qur'an.
bulletKosher: A set of Jewish dietary rules specified in the Hebrew Scriptures and practiced by many Jews.
bulletKrishna: The eighth or ninth incarnation of a Hindu god Vishnu.
bulletKsana: A Buddhist term for a short interval of time; about 13.3 millisecond. It takes 4,500 ksanas to equal one minute.
bulletKufr: A Muslim term for disbelief.


  1. Alan Cairns, "Dictionary of Theological Terms," Ambassador-Emerald Int., (1998).
  2. "Ask Rabbi Simmons: Kippah - Yarmulke," About.com at: http://judaism.about.com/

Copyright © 1996 to 2009 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written on: 1996-MAR-11

Last update: 2009-OCT-06
Author: B.A. Robinson

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