Texts that religious traditions consider to be central to their practice or beliefs.
Here are some of the most popular sacred texts from various religious traditions around the world:
- Hinduism: The Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana, and Mahabharata
- Buddhism: The Tripitaka (Pali Canon), Mahayana Sutras, and Tibetan Book of the Dead
- Jainism: Agamas
- Sikhism: Guru Granth Sahib
- Judaism: Tanakh (including Torah, Prophets, and Writings), Mishnah, Talmud, and Midrash
- Christianity: The Bible (including Old Testament and New Testament)
- Islam: The Quran and Hadith
- Zoroastrianism: Avesta (including Gathas, Yasna, Visperad, and Vendidad)
- Taoism: Tao Te Ching and Zhuangzi
- Confucianism: The Five Classics (including I Ching, Classic of Poetry, Book of Documents, Book of Rites, and Spring and Autumn Annals) and The Four Books (including Great Learning, Doctrine of the Mean, Analects, and Mencius)
- Shinto: Kojiki and Nihon Shoki
- Baha'i Faith: The Kitab-i-Aqdas, The Kitab-i-Iqan, and other writings by Baha'u'llah and Abdul-Baha
These texts vary in their content, style, and influence, but they all serve as the foundation for the beliefs and practices of their respective religious communities.