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These quizzes use a concept such as color or number to provide the framework for their survey of a range of religions.
20 quizzes and 202 trivia questions.
  Holy Scriptures   popular trivia quiz  
Collection Quiz
 12 Qns
Ever read a book and think that it is so profound that someone might have based a religion on it? Well, some religions have deep and meaningful texts that they hold to be sacred to their beliefs. Can you identify them?
Average, 12 Qns, LeoDaVinci, Oct 13 23
LeoDaVinci editor
Oct 13 23
271 plays
The E Word
  The "E" Word   great trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
This quiz will test you on a variety of concepts - related to various world religions - whose names begin with the letter E.
Average, 10 Qns, LadyNym, Aug 11 23
LadyNym gold member
Aug 11 23
361 plays
All We Have to Do is Open Our Eyes
  All We Have to Do is Open Our Eyes   great trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Many religions have miracles in their scriptures. People of faith all over the world say that miracles also happen and have happened in more modern times. All we have to do is open our eyes to see.
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Upstart3, Oct 26 22
Very Easy
Upstart3 gold member
Oct 26 22
464 plays
Religious Relics
  Religious Relics   great trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
This is a quiz about religious relics. It is not an argument for or against the validity of the claims related to these objects. While most questions deal with Christian relics, other religions are represented.
Average, 10 Qns, dcpddc478, May 18 22
May 18 22
1334 plays
Hoodoo  You Do
  Hoodoo - You Do    
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Religious syncretism occurs when two or more cultures come into close contact and exchange religious ideas. This quiz will explore some of the world's syncretic religions, both ancient and modern.
Average, 10 Qns, LadyNym, May 30 23
LadyNym gold member
May 30 23
238 plays
Little Black Project Piceous Powers
  Little Black Project: Piceous Powers    
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Can we write ten quizzes on one single colour? Yes we can, we already did. But here's another grand offering by Team Blue. This installment deals with black figures in world religions.
Average, 10 Qns, zorba_scank, Jun 29 19
zorba_scank gold member
Jun 29 19
215 plays
  Give Me an M   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Have you ever noticed how many of the names of people and ideas involved in religions begin with the letter M?
Average, 10 Qns, looney_tunes, Apr 23 14
looney_tunes editor
2246 plays
  Arizona and Religion: 1912-2012   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here we'll visit some of the religious highlights of Arizona's first century of statehood.
Average, 10 Qns, PDAZ, Nov 29 21
PDAZ gold member
Nov 29 21
479 plays
  Colour me Purple Part 8 - Purple in Religion    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Welcome to one of Team Green's combined quizzes on the colour purple. How many of these purple related facts associated with various religions do you know?
Average, 10 Qns, Creedy, May 11 19
Creedy gold member
May 11 19
415 plays
  The Winds of Faith    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The Four Winds have decided to take a look at the wind as viewed by different religious traditions all over the world and in different eras. Come with us and feel the spirit of the wind!
Average, 10 Qns, JanIQ, Apr 04 23
JanIQ gold member
Apr 04 23
269 plays
  Kali, Rakshasas, and Ghouls - Oh, My!   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Come with me as I investigate these "shirt-tail relatives" of the vampire from Hindu and Islamic tradition. Their spiritual aspects have surprised me; perhaps they'll surprise you.
Tough, 10 Qns, stuthehistoryguy, Jan 19 13
stuthehistoryguy gold member
893 plays
  A Land Flowing With Milk and Honey    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This title brings to mind lands and places filled with abundance, verdure and happiness. What do you know of such places, physical and theoretical, as described in religious works?
Average, 10 Qns, malik24, Jan 02 12
686 plays
  Wisconsin: We Have Religion    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Wisconsin has seen all sorts of religious activity over the last 400 years. See how much you know about Bibles and Badgers.
Average, 10 Qns, parrotman2006, Jul 31 22
parrotman2006 gold member
Jul 31 22
131 plays
  The Tower of Babel   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz covers the story of the Tower of Babel in the Hebrew Scriptures, as well as its parallels in the stories of other world religions.
Difficult, 10 Qns, skylarb, Apr 24 09
1842 plays
  I Believe in Three    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Often, religious people, objects or even themes come in threes. "Three" your mind and come and find out about some of them!
Average, 10 Qns, malik24, May 16 12
490 plays
  Can You Find Your Keys?   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Keys - and the doors and gates they open - have long been important symbols in spiritual and religious contexts around the world. Can you find the keys to unlock the doors in these questions?
Tough, 10 Qns, nannywoo, Apr 01 13
nannywoo gold member
422 plays
  Darkness Visible   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
John Milton used the words "darkness visible" to describe a total absence of light. Can you "see" these dark images that "show up" in various religions?
Average, 10 Qns, nannywoo, Nov 16 12
nannywoo gold member
449 plays
  Sacred Cows    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Cows are central to some world religions, and make interesting appearances in others.
Average, 10 Qns, parrotman2006, Aug 28 13
parrotman2006 gold member
448 plays
  Numbers in Religions    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Have you ever noticed how certain numbers occur in religions? Try this little quiz and see what I mean. Good Luck and as ever enjoy.
Average, 10 Qns, Fiachra, Mar 01 21
Mar 01 21
2076 plays
  Religion at West Point    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
One would think that religion in military academies, especially West Point, is either absent or is in a minimal amount. However, from my recent trip, I found out that this is not true. In fact, it is present almost everywhere.
Tough, 10 Qns, IndianPainter, Apr 25 22
Apr 25 22
1429 plays

Thematic Religious Mixture Trivia Questions

1. The imported French chapel at Marquette University is dedicated to which Saint?

From Quiz
Wisconsin: We Have Religion

Answer: Joan of Arc

The Joan of Arc chapel has been on the Marquette campus since 1965. It was built around 1420 in Chasse, France, where it stayed for 500 years. It was brought to the United States by Gertrude Hill Gavin in the 1920s, when she changed the name of the chapel to honor Joan of Arc. Gavin sold the chapel to Wisconsin businessman Marc Rotjman, who donated it to Marquette. Workmen spent nine months assembling the chapel. It has been open for visitors since 1966. The chapel is located directly southwest of the library, north of the Wehr Physics building. Joan of Arc is one of France's national heroines. She was divinely inspired to led the troops of Charles VII during the Hundred Years War. She was later arrested, tried for heresy and burned at the stake in 1431. It would take almost 500 years, until 1920, before the church admitted it was wrong and made Joan a saint. Bernadette of Lourdes had visions of the Virgin Mary in 1858. Saint Genevieve (419-502) is the patron saint of Paris. And Saint Isabelle was the daughter of King Louis XIII; her brother, Louis IX, was also a saint.

2. What does the colour purple symbolize in the liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church?

From Quiz Colour me Purple Part 8 - Purple in Religion

Answer: Penitence

Roman Catholic priests wear purple vestments when celebrating Mass and other liturgies during Advent and Lent - the liturgical seasons associated with penitence in preparation for the birth (Christmas) and resurrection (Easter) of Christ. Priests will also wear purple stoles when hearing confession (the Sacrament of Reconciliation), and when administering the Sacrament (Anointing) of the Sick - both of which involve repentance of one's sins. Purple vestments can also be worn when officiating a requiem (funeral) mass, though black or white (for children) is the customary colour. Martyrdom is symbolized by red, rejoicing by rose, and innocence by white. Question and information supplied by FT member, LadyNym.

3. One Asian tradition calls their god of the wind Fei Lian, whose human form is known as Fengbo. Which country does this wind deity hail from?

From Quiz The Winds of Faith

Answer: China

Fei Lian and Fengo are the animal and human manifestations of the Taoist god of the wind. In animal form, this god has the head of a deer, the body and wings of a dragon and the tail of a snake. Tradition has it that he carries around a bag and stirs up trouble. Question by Shuehorn.

4. If there is any religion associated with sacred cows, it is Hinduism. What is the name of the Hindu mythological "cow of plenty?"

From Quiz Sacred Cows

Answer: Kamadhenu

Kamadhenu is worshipped as a cow that could give its owner whatever they needed. There are no actual temples to Kamadhenu, as living cows are worshipped as avatars of the goddess. Nadini is viewed either as the daughter of Kamadhenu, or another avatar of the goddess. Kamadeva is the Hindu god of lust. Ganesha is the Lord of Obstacles, and has the head of an elephant. Kamakura refers to a period of 13th century Japanese history.

5. Called the "key of life" or the "key of the Nile" or "crux ansata" (Latin meaning "cross with a handle"), what religious symbol of ancient Egypt often is seen in the hands of a god or goddess in tomb paintings and other art?

From Quiz Can You Find Your Keys?

Answer: ankh

The ankh was ubiquitous in Egyptian art, especially in situations where a god or goddess was conveying new life through conception, rite of passage, or reanimation after death. The Egyptians used other symbols connected with life, as well, but the crossed flail and crook symbolized royal power, a sistrum was a percussion instrument used in worship, and ushabtis were figures placed in the tomb of a ruler to serve as workers in the afterlife.

6. The ancient festival of the winter solstice, observed on the longest night of the year in northern Europe, goes by what name?

From Quiz Darkness Visible

Answer: Yule

The yule log owes its origins to the ancient European festival that took place at the darkest time of year, still celebrated by some neo-pagans. In Christian traditions, a huge log of hardwood was chosen, to burn the 12 days from Christmas until Epiphany. According to "Time" magazine, Fred Thrower of KPIX in New York first looped a video of a burning log on television in 1966 in response to a lack of Christmas Eve programming, leading to an elaboration of the tradition beloved by Americans growing up in the late 20th century.

7. With what distinction was Phoenix's St Mary's Church bestowed in 1987?

From Quiz Arizona and Religion: 1912-2012

Answer: It was declared a basilica.

Founded in 1881 as the first Roman Catholic Parish in Phoenix, St. Mary's Church was completed in 1914 and was placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1978. In 1987, Pope John Paul II declared the church to be a basilica, making it the first basilica in Arizona. Basilicas are considered to have precedence over other churches and have the right to display certain items, such as the conopaeum, a veil or umbrella-like item that covers the altar or is at the entrance to the tabernacle. St. Mary's is run by the Franciscans. The Franciscans were recognized by Pope Innocent III in 1209 after an appeal by St. Francis of Assissi. Although most Franciscans are Roman Catholics, there are several non-Catholic Franciscan orders.

8. Within Buddhism doctrines, which state, also known as 'enlightenment', is considered to be the freedom from worldly concerns and from existence itself?

From Quiz A Land Flowing With Milk and Honey

Answer: Nirvana

No, not the band! Nirvana is actually a term used in other Indian religions, such as Sikhism and Jainism, as well as Buddhism. The Buddha, Siddharta Gautama, was said to experience some form of Nirvana and this was said to be why he strove to teach Buddhism. But, since they confer slight variations, I thought it best to keep it simple and stick to the one. So, what is Nirvana, and how does one achieve it? Within Buddhism, Nirvana is said to literally mean "extinguishing". Such as you extinguish a flame, you can extinguish life itself. But, in this context, extinguishing the flame merely makes it invisible; its form is changed, rather than destroyed, and so the body is also changed, or, particularly, the soul. The soul is said to leave samsara - that is, the perpetual wandering embodying our physical needs, wants and desires. Even the desire to survive itself is said to be an aspect of samsara. When we are reincarnated - and we supposedly will be, until we reach Nirvana - we don't remember our former lives, but they are interminably connected to our former and future lives, almost as though with an invisible thread. Supposedly, we can reach Nirvana through following the eight limbs or paths, also known as the Noble Eightfold Path. Without really going into these in too much depth, they include meditation, wisdom, morality, releasing our desires, and compassion. The paths are said to be signposts, which people must follow in their own way. So, once the soul reaches Nirvana, what is it like? Well, since you wouldn't know unless you were there, it's hard to say. Some describe it as a place of pure bliss, free of human desires. Some say you can perceive all your past lives and yet know no life, because you are not living, yet, presumably, you have some form of consciousness. Regardless of what Nirvana may or may not be like, it is said to be the ending of suffering. The notion that it may be a place of pure bliss or happiness may be misleading, for if you are a metaphysical being without a human form, can you feel in the same way as humans? Perhaps, perhaps not...

9. According to the Book of Exodus 20:2-17 how many Commandments did God give to Moses?

From Quiz Numbers in Religions

Answer: 10

In Saint Matthew's Gospel 22: 35-40 Jesus identified the two most important: love God and love thy neighbour. What a tragedy so many have forgotten.

10. The word Babel sounds very like the word "Balal," which has what meaning in Hebrew?

From Quiz The Tower of Babel

Answer: Confused

Babylonians called the city of Babel "Bab-ilu," meaning "Gate of God." In Hebrew, however, "Babel" comes from a verb meaning "to confuse." Some scholars see the story as a criticism of the building of a pagan temple, and of the practice of astrology.

11. The first Baptist church in the state of Wisconsin was built in what community?

From Quiz Wisconsin: We Have Religion

Answer: Delavan

While the first Baptist congregation in Wisconsin was founded in Milwaukee in 1836, the first actual church building was built in Delavan in 1841. By 1843, there were 20 churches active in Wisconsin with over 800 members. The church still stands, with an active congregation. It held the first anti-slavery meeting in Wisconsin in 1842. The current brick building was constructed in 1855. The church is located at 212 South Main Street in downtown Delavan, right next to Phoenix Park.

12. In the Tanakh (Old Testament), the colors purple, violet (or blue), and scarlet were used for what?

From Quiz Colour me Purple Part 8 - Purple in Religion

Answer: Each one of these

Purple, violet (or blue), and scarlet fabrics were all quite expensive in ancient times. They were used for the curtains and carpets of the Tabernacle, for the high priest's gala dress, and for the Veil of the Holy of Holies in the Temple. (See, for example, Exodus chapters 25-26 and 28). Working with purple especially was such an important skill that King Solomon requested from King Hiram of Tyre someone who specialized in purple dye (II Chronicles 2:7) to supervise building the Temple. Question and information provided by FT member, gracious1.

13. In Roman Catholicism, people sometimes invoke the intercession of certain saints to protect the believers. Whom do Catholics venerate as protector against storms?

From Quiz The Winds of Faith

Answer: Saint Vitus

While all these saints are quite important in Roman Catholicism, only one of them seems to bother about the weather: Saint Vitus. According to legend, Vitus escaped gruesome torture when a storm struck the Roman temples around him. Saint Agnes is the patron saint of young girls and protects them against rapists. Saint Bernard of Clairvaux is the patron saint of beekeepers, chandlers and Cistercians, to name only a few. Saint Rita of Cascia is the female counterpart to Saint Jude: patron saint of desperate cases. Question by JanIQ, who studied at Saint Rita's college.

14. What part of a cow would a Buddhist be LEAST likely to use?

From Quiz Sacred Cows

Answer: Meat

Most Buddhists are strict vegetarians, as eating meat violates the principle of Ahimsa, trying to avoid harm to living beings. Cow milk is sacred to both Hinduism and Buddhism, as it provides nourishment. Cow urine is used for medicinal purposes, especially for skin diseases. Cow dung is used for fuel and fertilizer. Buddhists refer to sacred cows as either Gaumata or Aditi.

15. In some Christian churches, at the end of Holy Week, just before Easter, services are held in which lights are gradually extinguished, ending with the sanctuary in complete darkness. What word is used to describe such a service?

From Quiz Darkness Visible

Answer: tenebrae

Surrounding Good Friday, when the crucifixion of Jesus is commemorated, the readings, music, and increasing darkness of a tenebrae service evoke the spiritually darkest time of the Christian year, the death and burial of Jesus, bringing into sharp contrast the light and joy of resurrection on Easter morning.

16. Following the September 11, 2001 attacks in the U.S., some Muslims were targeted by vigilante citizens seeking revenge. In Arizona, Balbir Singh Sodhi was killed by such a vigilante because he was wearing a turban. What religion was Sodhi?

From Quiz Arizona and Religion: 1912-2012

Answer: Sikh

Balbir Singh Sodhi was a gas station owner who had been born in Punjab, India and had emigrated to the U.S. in 1989. He was shot by Frank Roque four days after September 11th, 2001 while Sodhi was working at his station; Roque had mistaken Sodhi for a Muslim. Prior to shooting Sodhi, Roque had tried to shoot a Lebanese-American man who was working at another gas station. Roque was sentenced to death, but his sentence was commuted to life in prison due to mental illness. Sikhism is a monotheistic religion dating back to the fifteenth century which developed in the Punjab region of India. The religion has over 20 million followers.

17. Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are the trimurti - three deities - of the Hindu faith. Which of the three is known as the maintainer or preserver?

From Quiz I Believe in Three

Answer: Vishnu

The three gods are said to embody the creation, preservation and destruction of the world. Brahma embodies creation, Vishnu preservation and Shiva destruction. Vishnu is often depicted as blue with four arms and holding items such as a staff and lotus flower. He is said to return to the world when its balance is disturbed, and two of his avatars, Rama and Krishna, were written about in the epic stories Ramayana and Mahabharata respectively. The festival Diwali was originally celebrated as Rama (and his wife, Sita) returned to his home kingdom after 14 years of exile, and this festival has been honoured by Hindus since.

18. How many tribes were in Israel according to the Book of Genesis (Chapter 35)?

From Quiz Numbers in Religions

Answer: 12

Jacob had twelve sons and the tribes were called after them. The eldest was Reuben and the youngest was Benjamin.

19. Who, in Judeo-Christian tradition, is most often credited with orchestrating the building of the Tower of Babel?

From Quiz The Tower of Babel

Answer: Nimrod

Genesis 10:9-10 calls Nimrod "a mighty hunter before the Lord" and says that "the beginning of his kingdom was Babel." The Tower of Babel is traditionally thought to have been one of his projects; fitting, since his name means "let us revolt." Some rabbinic sources, however, have Nimrod distancing himself from the building of the tower.

20. The 'Lady of West Point' is located in what chapel at West Point?

From Quiz Religion at West Point

Answer: Catholic

The Lady of West Point, Mary, flanks the sanctuary of Most Holy Trinity.

21. Father Jacques Marquette, one the early explorers of Wisconsin, was a member of what religious order?

From Quiz Wisconsin: We Have Religion

Answer: Jesuit

Jacques Marquette, who explored much of Wisconsin with Louis Jolliet in 1673, was a Jesuit missionary. Marquette and Jolliet landed near Green Bay and traveled on the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers to near present day Prairie du Chien. They traveled as far south as Arkansas, before heading back. Marquette is buried near Saint Ignace, Michigan, on the upper peninsula. The National Parks Service has a National Memorial to Marquette located in Straits State Park, which is in the shadow of the Mackinac Bridge. Marquette is also remembered at the Milwaukee university, which is a Jesuit school. The Jesuits were founded in 1540 by Saint Ignatius Loyola, and the order is active in over 100 nations around the world.

22. In which Buddhist country, formerly known as Siam, is it customary for widows to wear purple at funerals?

From Quiz Colour me Purple Part 8 - Purple in Religion

Answer: Thailand

Buddhism is the main religion practised in Thailand, and funerals for Buddhists usually continue for much longer than those undertaken in the Western world. They often last for at least a week, and on some occasions as long as a year or two. Generally speaking, only close family members are expected to attend every part of the funeral. In Thailand, the colour purple defines sorrow and symbolises spirituality, and is reserved for widows to wear whilst mourning the death of their husbands. However, it is customary for others attending the funerals to wear black, in line with the standard dress code in most other countries throughout the world. Following the death of the King of Thailand, Bhumibol Aduladej in 2016, a year of mourning was observed. During this time many Thai people wore black apparel from head-to-toe out of respect for their deceased monarch. Question and information provided by FT member, moonraker2.

23. Gai Puja, a religious celebration dedicated to cows, is part of festivals held in what nation?

From Quiz Sacred Cows

Answer: Nepal

Gai Puja is part of the Tihar festival, which is held annually in mid-November. The festival takes five days, and the third day is dedicated to cows. Gai Puja means "Cow Worship" in Sanskrit. Tihar is known as a festival of lights, and is celebrated with flowers, candles and fireworks.

24. In Exodus 10, Moses stretches out his hand toward heaven and thick darkness falls on Egypt. How long does the darkness of this, the ninth plague, last?

From Quiz Darkness Visible

Answer: three days

Exodus 10:22 says that the heavy darkness lasted for three days, and people couldn't move around. This gave Hebrew slaves a short respite before the first Passover and their exodus into the wilderness. Scholars point out that because the sun god Ra was so important in Egyptian religion, the plague of darkness had special significance.

25. The plaza in front of the state capitol building in Phoenix contains a number of memorials and statues. To which Jesuit priest and Arizona explorer was a statue erected in 1965?

From Quiz Arizona and Religion: 1912-2012

Answer: Padre Kino

The Padre Kino statue was dedicated on February 14, 1965, which was the 53rd anniversary of Arizona's statehood. It shows the Jesuit priest on horseback wearing his traditional Jesuit attire. Padre Eusebio Francisco Kino traveled throughout southern Arizona, mainly riding alone on horseback, as he brought Christianity to the native peoples. He was a renaissance man, with knowledge of math, astronomy and agriculture; he also mapped the areas he visited in Arizona, and the maps were used for over a century. The Jesuits are members of the Society of Jesus, a Roman Catholic religious order. They were recognized by Pope Paul III in 1540 with Saint Ignatius of Loyola elected as the first leader of the society (before his sainthood, of course). They are largely associated with education, operating many schools around the world.

26. Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem are accepted in Islam as the locations of holy sites. What is the name of the mosque built in 705 AD in Jerusalem, also known as the 'farthest mosque' and considered the third holiest site in Sunni Muslim faith?

From Quiz I Believe in Three

Answer: Al-Aqsa Mosque

Al-Aqsa Mosque is said to be a holy site because the prophet Muhammad, who founded Islam, came here once in the middle of night after his time spent in Mecca, considered one of, if not the most holy site for Muslims. Here, he prayed several times a day, and it became significant as a site of prayer, for those who sought liberation for comrades amongst other ideals. The 'farthest mosque' title was given due to its large distance from Mecca, and it has been in the centre of a fierce battleground, as Israeli and Palestinians have had a long-lasting confrontation over who can enter the mosque.

27. What number connects these things: sacraments in the Catholic Church, Champions of Christendom, deadly sins?

From Quiz Numbers in Religions

Answer: 7

The seven champions of Christendom are Saints Andrew, Anthony, David, Denis, George, James and Patrick.

28. On what holiday do many people flock to West Point's Protestant Chapel to see a midnight candle service?

From Quiz Religion at West Point

Answer: Christmas

29. A plaque in which Wisconsin community notes the importance of Mormons in the city's founding?

From Quiz Wisconsin: We Have Religion

Answer: Burlington

The town of Burlington was created by Moses and Aaron Smith, who were devout Mormons. James Jesse Strang moved to Burlington in 1844 and was baptized as a Mormon by church founder Joseph Smith. Following Joseph Smith's murder in 1844, Strang claimed that he was named as Smith's successor as leader of the Mormon church. While most Mormons followed Brigham Young to Utah, Strang set up a community called Voree near Burlington. Strang himself was murdered in 1856; his followers were rounded up, and the Strangite wing of the church largely disintegrated. However, there are a small number of people who believe in Strang's version of Mormonism. There is a Mormon church in Burlington at 4207 Mormon Road, on the west side of town just south of Chestnut.

30. In Hinduism, there are seven energy centres in the body known as chakras. Each is coloured according to a different colour of the rainbow. Where is the violet chakra, known as 'ajna', found?

From Quiz Colour me Purple Part 8 - Purple in Religion

Answer: Between the eyes

You may have heard of the 'third eye', a hidden eye in the centre of the forehead or between the eyebrows, which is said to provide extrasensory perception. This area is also where many Hindus wear the bindi. The Russian esotericist and theosophist Helena Blavatsky and her followers believed the third eye to be the pineal gland, a small endocrine gland in the brain that produces melatonin. The ajna chakra is known as the 'third eye chakra' or 'guru chakra', and is depicted as a violet lotus with the letter ham on the left petal, representing the god Shiva, and the letter ksham on the right petal, representing Shakti, the Great Divine Mother. In Hinduism, it represents the link to the subconscious. Question and information provided by FT member, Kankurette.

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