Religion is an important part of our society, and around the world. In the homes of many
Christians, Catholics, Jews, and Buddhists, there are figurines. These figurines may be different
from each other in some ways, but they may all express a common theme: a belief in God. These
beliefs are expressed in different ways, and different people are honored for different reasons in
The most common figurines that
may be found in a Christian home might represent the cross, the nativity scene, Jesus, and angels.
Jesus is the most highly honored figure in the Christian faith, and it is common for the image of
the cross to be displayed as a memory of his death and resurrection. The nativity scene includes the
baby Jesus, his mother Mary, and her husband Joseph in a manger. Some more complete sets will have
wise men and animals as well. It is most commonly displayed at Christmas time, when the birth of
Jesus is celebrated.
In a Catholic home, many of
the same images in a Christian home may be found. Jesus is honored as well, and angels may also be
displayed. Mary is honored highly, and so figurines of her, besides that of a nativity scene are
common. Uniquely Catholic figurines may represent the Pope, nuns, the Saints, and the crucified
Jesus on the cross. (Christian images of the cross are without Jesus.)
In a Jewish home, there are images that are quite different. Commonly,
figurines in a Jewish home will have the engraved Star of David on them. Figurines of a rabbi, a bar
mitzvah boy or a bat mitzvah girl may be displayed. Any figurines of males will have a yamika shown
on the head. Jews do not recognize Jesus, therefore there would be no figurines of him.
Figurines of the Buddha are common as well. There are varied
images of the Buddha. Some of them show him as a heavier man, while others show him as a slender
man. Most figurines of Buddha will show him sitting with his legs crossed and eyes closed for
Figurines of many Hindus Gods can be found
in Hindu Temples throughout India. Most prominently are Krishna, Radha, Jagganatha, Caitanya, Rama,
Vishnu, Laksmi, and Shiva. Often these figurines are placed on a sanctified altar and worshipped
Religious expression comes in many forms. Home decorating is simply one of the
ways that people express their faith in God. For Christians Jesus is honored, for Catholics Mary is
Honored, and for Jews Moses and God himself are honored. For Buddhists, the Buddha is honored.