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Gold and Religion

From the days of yore, gold has been linked with religion in countless civilizations. From artwork to symbolism, gold is unique among metals in being central to many of the world’s religions. The reasons are many and varied. With its unique glow and yellow shine, gold is symbolic of the colour of the sun, and is associated with daylight and the energy of the divine.

Gold in Hinduism

Gold is central to the Hindu religion and culture. Some major Hindu deities are associated with gold- such as Brahma, who is said to have been born from a cosmic golden egg of creation and Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of wealth, and good fortune.Devotees make donations and offerings of gold to Indian temples. The Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala has subterranean vaults that are said to contain gold ornaments, gold statues, huge amounts of gold coins, and even a gold throne, accumulated over thousands of years from temple donations including donations from former Indian dynasties and kings. Some temples are even covered in gold, such as the golden temple of Sripuram in Tamil Nadu and the Golden Temple in Punjab.

Gold in Buddhism

Gold is also venerated in Buddhism. They associate gold colour with the golden rays of the sun, and of enlightenment. Their culture features various famous solid gold Buddha statues, such as the Golden Buddha in the Temple of Wat Traimit in Bangkok, Thailand.  Buddhist statues in Tibetan regions are also painted with gold. In 2013, the former king of Thailand donated nearly 300 kg of gold to the Buddhist Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya, India. Gold decorates the famous Zen Buddhist Temple of the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto.

Gold in Christianity

According to Bible, when Jesus Christ was born, a group of wise men made a journey from the East to celebrate his birth, bringing with them gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. The gift of gold was not only a symbol of wealth and power, but also a symbol of Christ’s kingship on Earth. The Biblical Ark of the Covenant was said to be fully gilded in gold. Also, in Judaism, the symbolic lampstand is also often crafted from gold.

Gold in Islam

The role of Gold in Islam is shaped by the need to comply with Islamic teachings. Since usury is forbidden in Islam, a form of money, such as gold, that does not involve interest and usury evolved in the shape of the historical gold dinar coin. This gold dinar was first produced in the seventh century. Modern gold dinars were launched in two Malaysian states: Kelantan and Perak in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

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