From temples and churches to mosques and synagogues, places of worship play an important role in Zambian daily life. What is more, they are often a priceless part of Zambia’s heritage. Christianity is by far the most common religion in Zambia, and the government declared it a Christian nation in 1996. However there are significant numbers of people who follow other religions, notably Hindus, Muslims and Jews.
A church is where Christians assemble to worship God. In Zambia some church buildings are very old while others are very modern.
In the Hindu religion, everyday worship occurs in three places: in one's home, in a temple, and at streetside shrines. Most households have a small shrine dedicated to the gods that are significant to that house. A Buddhist temple is a place for personal reverence, ancestor worship, and meditation.
The main purpose of a mosque is for people of the Muslim faith to worship and praise Allah. It is a community building, an open area deemed as sacred. Mosques have domed roofs with the symbol of Islam and a tower called a minaret. Mosques don't have furniture, statues or pictures.
A Jewish place of worship goes by several names: shul, beit, congregation and Temple. But the term 'synagogue' is the most widely used. Jews gather there on the seventh day of the week to worship and fellowship.
Lastly members of the Society of Friends (also called Quakers) gather to worship and meditate at meeting places.
Whatever your religious persuasion, find a place of worship on Infobwana.