Judaism originated from and became a coherent part of Israel, “the only nation on earth that inhabits the same land, bears the same name, speaks the same language, and worships the same God that it did 3,000 years ago”.
Islam is a monotheistic religion articulated by the Qur’an and the teachings and normative example of Muhammad, who is considered the last prophet of God. An Islam adherent is called a Muslim. Islam has 05 pillars or 05 basic acts: the creed, daily prayers, almsgiving, fasting during the Ramadan month, and going on a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in a lifetime. Islam is divided into 02 sects: Sunni (75-90%) and Shia (10-20%). While Sunni is deemed the orthodox Islam, Shia differs from Sunni in such a way that they only believe caliph Ali is the next prophet after Muhammad.
Hinduism is the religion of the majority of people in India, Nepal, and some neighboring countries. It followed Brahmanism and co-existed with Buddhism for about 5 centuries BC. Then, it replaced Buddhism during the 5 following centuries. Nowadays, Hinduism has 900 million adherents worldwide. It is the world’s third-largest religion and the oldest organized religion in the world.
Brahmanism was an early religion in the Indian subcontinent. It was based on Vedic writing and is considered to be the precursor religion of Hinduism. In Aryan society, there were different gods. Of those, Brahman was regarded as the most important one. Brahman was supported by Siva, the god of destruction, and Vishnu, the god of maintenance.
Born in a country where Buddhism is deemed the national faith, I am particularly curious about this religion. I try to discover Buddhism from different viewpoints, from both an orthodox view to an innovative view. This article summarizes the evolution of Buddhism as well as its impacts on society, culture and economy. Let’s begin with a retrospective view.
Despite being deemed a Buddhist country, most Vietnamese people are atheists. There are 03 main religions in Vietnam: Buddhism, Christianity, and indigenous religions. Of those, the last one is the majority.
New Year starts with a box of Belgian beers from an out-of-the-box beer project in Brussels, a gift from my friend Francois traveling 952 km from Brussels to Copenhagen just to keep the beers fresh. No more abbeys, no Trappists, two Belgian beer bastards are trying to “wake Belgian beer up, dust it, and get it out of the middle ages.”
I am not sure whether this beer can keep me away from Corona but will try to keep a certain level of alcohol in my blood during the Tet holiday:)
Thank you, Francois!
“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy” – Benjamin Franklin
For me, beer is more than just an alcoholic drink. Beers have imprinted the best period in my life, which was my journey in the country of beers, Belgium.
A couple of weeks after the first-ever Belgian beer festival in Hanoi, I was invited to a lunch buffet at the Ambassador’s villa. I was so happy to see Mr. Bruno Angelet again, his wife, and other friends. Especially, he made me so proud by giving me a certificate of appreciation and a world-famous book about Belgian beers “Michael Jackson’s great beers of Belgium”. It seems that my journey to discover the tale of Belgian beers will never end indeed although I have been back to Vietnam.