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Beliefs Collection

Beliefs have shaped the course of human history, transcending time and culture

Background imageBeliefs Collection: Papyrus of Ani (Book of the Dead) - The Judgement

Papyrus of Ani (Book of the Dead) - The Judgement
(Above) -Twelve Gods seated in Order, as judges before a table of offerings. (Below) - The Psychostasia of Weighing of the Conscience of Ani

Background imageBeliefs Collection: Sisyphus (chromolitho)

Sisyphus (chromolitho)
975904 Sisyphus (chromolitho) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Sisyphus. French educational card, late 19th/early 20th century.); © Look and Learn

Background imageBeliefs Collection: Bust of goddess Tanit. Carthaginian art. Sculpture

Bust of goddess Tanit. Carthaginian art. Sculpture. SPAIN. BALEARES. IBIZA. Ibiza. Museum of Archaeology of Ibiza and Formentera

Background imageBeliefs Collection: Komuso Buddhist monks, Japan

Komuso Buddhist monks, Japan. They wear a straw basket (tengai) over their head and play a bamboo flute (shakuhachi). Date: circa 1890s

Background imageBeliefs Collection: Co Tipperary, Thurles Cathedral, Ireland

Co Tipperary, Thurles Cathedral, Ireland

Background imageBeliefs Collection: Snake charmer playing flute-like instrument, snake emerging from basket in front

Snake charmer playing flute-like instrument, snake emerging from basket in front

Background imageBeliefs Collection: Book of the Deads. 651 -525 BC. Papyrus. Egyptian

Book of the Deads. 651 -525 BC. Papyrus. Egyptian art. New Kingdom. TURKEY. Istanbul. Archaeological Museum

Background imageBeliefs Collection: Ulster 1914 - Patriotic Postcard

Ulster 1914 - Patriotic Postcard
Patriotic Postcard from Ulster, 1914 depicting an Ulsterwoman with a gun, standing up for the British flag and her views as a Loyalist Unionist

Background imageBeliefs Collection: Salmon Fishing, Ridgepool, Ballina, Co Mayo, Ireland

Salmon Fishing, Ridgepool, Ballina, Co Mayo, Ireland

Background imageBeliefs Collection: Worshipping the God of Smallpox, India

Worshipping the God of Smallpox, India
Under the Hindu faith, if you want protection against getting smallpox, pray to Shitala, the Goddess of Smallpox

Background imageBeliefs Collection: John Of God, Saint (1495-1550). Portuguese religious

John Of God, Saint (1495-1550). Portuguese religious man, founder of the ador de la Order of Charity or of Hospitallers (Hospitaller Brothers of St. John of God)

Background imageBeliefs Collection: Two Young Jewish girls play cards - Christmas Eve - Russia

Two Young Jewish girls play cards - Christmas Eve - Russia
Two Young Russian Jewish girls spend christmas Eve (Epiphany Evening) playing cards. With Torah study off the table for the evening, a number of traditions developed as to how to spend ones night

Background imageBeliefs Collection: A Parsi woman at a fire altar

A Parsi woman at a fire altar
A Parsi (Zoroastrian) Indian woman at a fire altar, worshipping Zoroaster Date: 1906

Background imageBeliefs Collection: Druids (ancient Priests) collect mistletoe

Druids (ancient Priests) collect mistletoe
The Druids were highly respected by the Britons because of their wisdom and used to collect mistletoe to give to people on feast days

Background imageBeliefs Collection: Poster advertising the Tomb of Nefertiti, Luxor, Egypt Date: circa 1950s

Poster advertising the Tomb of Nefertiti, Luxor, Egypt Date: circa 1950s

Background imageBeliefs Collection: Ballindoon Abbey, Lough Arrow, County Sligo, Ireland; Lakefront Historic Abbey

Ballindoon Abbey, Lough Arrow, County Sligo, Ireland; Lakefront Historic Abbey

Background imageBeliefs Collection: Ancient Jewish scrolls in Jerusalem

Ancient Jewish scrolls in Jerusalem, thought to be the oldest Pentateuch manuscript

Background imageBeliefs Collection: Chapel Of Saint Kevin At Glendalough And Round Tower, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Chapel Of Saint Kevin At Glendalough And Round Tower, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Background imageBeliefs Collection: Historic image in black and white of a cathedral in Trondheim, Norway circa 1920; Trondheim

Historic image in black and white of a cathedral in Trondheim, Norway circa 1920; Trondheim, Trondelag, Norway

Background imageBeliefs Collection: Loyola, Saint Ignacius of (1491-1556). Spanish

Loyola, Saint Ignacius of (1491-1556). Spanish religious man, founder of the Society of Jesus. Painting

Background imageBeliefs Collection: Zulu warrior and his five wives

Zulu warrior and his five wives
A Zulu warrior and his five wives - South Africa Date: circa 1905

Background imageBeliefs Collection: A worshipper rests in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre during a Good Friday procession

A worshipper rests in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre during a Good Friday procession along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalems Old City, March 30, 2018. REUTERS/Corinna Kern

Background imageBeliefs Collection: Men take part in a Procession of Jesus Nazareno de Candelaria Cristo Rey in the streets

Men take part in a Procession of Jesus Nazareno de Candelaria Cristo Rey in the streets
Men take part in a Procession of Jesus Nazareno de Candelaria " Cristo Rey" in the streets of downtown Guatemala City March 29, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria

Background imageBeliefs Collection: Penitents take part in the procession of the Santo Sepulcro in La Paz

Penitents take part in the procession of the Santo Sepulcro in La Paz, Bolivia, March 30, 2018. REUTERS/David Mercado

Background imageBeliefs Collection: A man prays at one of the stations as he walks the Way of the Cross during Good Friday

A man prays at one of the stations as he walks the Way of the Cross during Good Friday celebrations at " Calvaire Miracle" hill in Ganthier, Haiti, March 30, 2018

Background imageBeliefs Collection: A rope with blood on it is pictured while a masked penitent flagellates himself during a

A rope with blood on it is pictured while a masked penitent flagellates himself during a procession as part of Holy Week celebrations in Taxco in the Mexican state of Guerrero, March 29, 2018

Background imageBeliefs Collection: little baby girl with red dress with fly agaric hat

little baby girl with red dress with fly agaric hat Postcard motive 19th century Germany

Background imageBeliefs Collection: Art Nouveau Stained-Glass Window With the Scenes of the Christianization of the Czech Lands in

Art Nouveau Stained-Glass Window With the Scenes of the Christianization of the Czech Lands in the New Archbishopric
1566804 Art Nouveau Stained-Glass Window With the Scenes of the Christianization of the Czech Lands in the New Archbishopric Chapel of St

Background imageBeliefs Collection: Miss Modern magazine fortune teller

Miss Modern magazine fortune teller
Front cover of Miss Modern magazine for November 1931, featuring a young gipsy fortune teller with a crystal ball (and the free gipsy ring, found FREE inside the magazine!). Date: 1931

Background imageBeliefs Collection: A pagan belief, that holly was a symbol of fertility and eternal life

A pagan belief, that holly was a symbol of fertility and eternal life, this took place on the Twelfth Night, burning holly tree branch was carried through the village, followed by a brass band

Background imageBeliefs Collection: Young Girl Worshipping Beside Waterfall

Young Girl Worshipping Beside Waterfall

Background imageBeliefs Collection: Mayan Monolith - Quirigua - Sky Xul in Jaws of a Monster

Mayan Monolith - Quirigua - Sky Xul in Jaws of a Monster
Guatemala - Mayan Monolith - Quirigua - 8th century AD. Quirigua is an ancient Maya archaeological site in the department of Izabal in south-eastern Guatemala

Background imageBeliefs Collection: Penitents take part in the Nuestro Padre Jesus del Gran Poder y Maria Santisima de la

Penitents take part in the Nuestro Padre Jesus del Gran Poder y Maria Santisima de la
Penitents take part in the " Nuestro Padre Jesus del Gran Poder y Maria Santisima de la Esperanza Macarena" Holy Week procession in Madrid, Spain, March 29, 2018. REUTERS/Javier Barbancho

Background imageBeliefs Collection: A man dressed as ancient Roman adjusts his helmet before a procession as part of Holy

A man dressed as ancient Roman adjusts his helmet before a procession as part of Holy Week celebrations in Taxco in the Mexican state of Guerrero, March 29, 2018. Picture taken, March 29, 2018

Background imageBeliefs Collection: A penitent looks on after the procession of the Santo Encuentro was suspended by the rain

A penitent looks on after the procession of the Santo Encuentro was suspended by the rain, in Aviles, Spain March 28, 2018. Picture taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Eloy Alonso

Background imageBeliefs Collection: Worshippers with stains of goats blood on their clothes participate in a ceremony during

Worshippers with stains of goats blood on their clothes participate in a ceremony during the celebrations of the voodoo rituals in Souvenance, Haiti, April 1, 2018. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

Background imageBeliefs Collection: Worshippers walk in the middle of a street decorated by residents

Worshippers walk in the middle of a street decorated by residents and local artists with painted wood chips in celebration of Easter Sunday, in the historic city of Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais state

Background imageBeliefs Collection: Men carry religious images during the Procession of Jesus Nazareno de Candelaria in the

Men carry religious images during the Procession of Jesus Nazareno de Candelaria in the
Men carry religious images during the Procession of Jesus Nazareno de Candelaria " Cristo Rey" in the streets of downtown Guatemala City March 29, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria

Background imageBeliefs Collection: A masked penitent prepares before a procession as part of Holy Week celebrations in Taxco

A masked penitent prepares before a procession as part of Holy Week celebrations in Taxco in the Mexican state of Guerrero, March 29, 2018. Picture taken March 29, 2018. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Background imageBeliefs Collection: A puppet chick is seen in the hand of a participant at the annual Easter Parade

A puppet chick is seen in the hand of a participant at the annual Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S. April 1, 2018. REUTERS/Gaia Squarci

Background imageBeliefs Collection: A figure of Jesus Christ is pictured during a procession as part of Holy Week

A figure of Jesus Christ is pictured during a procession as part of Holy Week celebrations in Taxco in the Mexican state of Guerrero, March 29, 2018. Picture taken March 29, 2018

Background imageBeliefs Collection: A masked penitent looks through the hole of his mask during a procession as part of Holy

A masked penitent looks through the hole of his mask during a procession as part of Holy Week celebrations in Taxco in the Mexican state of Guerrero, March 29, 2018. Picture taken March 29, 2018

Background imageBeliefs Collection: A worker lights up candles on a cross before the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross

A worker lights up candles on a cross before the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) procession during Good Friday celebrations in front of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy March 30, 2018

Background imageBeliefs Collection: Flowers are seen on a saddle of a donkey before the procession of the Virgem da Atalaia

Flowers are seen on a saddle of a donkey before the procession of the Virgem da Atalaia
Flowers are seen on a saddle of a donkey before the procession of the " Virgem da Atalaia" during Holy Week in Alcochete, near Lisbon, Portugal April 1, 2018. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

Background imageBeliefs Collection: A man touches a statue of Jesus Christ after attending a Good Friday prayer at a church

A man touches a statue of Jesus Christ after attending a Good Friday prayer at a church in Kolkata, India, March 30, 2018. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

Background imageBeliefs Collection: Pilgrims walk towards a tidal causeway on the final leg of the Northern Cross pilgrimage

Pilgrims walk towards a tidal causeway on the final leg of the Northern Cross pilgrimage to Holy Island in Northumbria, Britain March 30, 2018. REUTERS/Scott Heppell

Background imageBeliefs Collection: A worshipper walks in the middle of a street decorated by residents

A worshipper walks in the middle of a street decorated by residents and local artists with painted wood chips in celebration of Easter Sunday, in the historic city of Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais state

Background imageBeliefs Collection: Wooden cross is pictured before re-enactment of the Way of the Cross during a Good

Wooden cross is pictured before re-enactment of the Way of the Cross during a Good
A wooden cross is pictured before re-enactment of the " Way of the Cross" during a Good Friday procession at the Sanctuary of Kalwaria Piekarska in Piekary Slaskie, Poland March 30, 2018



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Beliefs have shaped the course of human history, transcending time and culture. From the ancient Papyrus of Ani (Book of the Dead) to the intricate Bust of goddess Tanit in Carthaginian art, we witness how they were etched into existence. In Japan, Komuso Buddhist monks don their straw hats, embodying spiritual enlightenment through music. Meanwhile, Thurles Cathedral in Co Tipperary stands as a testament to Ireland's deep-rooted religious convictions. A snake charmer playing a flute-like instrument with a serpent emerging from its basket reminds us of our fascination with mystical powers and ancient rituals. The Book of the Dead, dating back to 651-525 BC Egypt, unveils humanity's quest for understanding life beyond death. In Ulster during 1914, patriotism ran high as depicted in a patriotic postcard that symbolized unwavering faith in one's nation. On the shores of Ridgepool in Ballina, Co Mayo, Ireland salmon fishing becomes more than just an occupation; it becomes intertwined with folklore and spirituality. The story of Sisyphus resonates deeply within us - his eternal struggle represents our own battles against adversity and our relentless pursuit for meaning. Worshipping the God of Smallpox reveals both fear and hope coexisting side by side - belief systems often encompass both light and darkness. A poster advertising the Tomb of Nefertiti takes us on a journey through time to Luxor where people sought solace in divine presence. Lastly, John Of God serves as an embodiment of compassion and selflessness amidst religious devotion. These glimpses into various belief systems remind us that at our core lies an innate desire to seek answers beyond what is visible or tangible and can not confined by borders or eras; they transcend cultures and generations alike – forever shaping who we are as individuals and societies.