The collection contains over 50,000 photographs of religions, spirituality and beliefs from around the world, making it a compelling source for image researchers, publishers and educators. Some religions like Christianity, Islam and Judaism are well-known, but others are more obscure, such as the animist beliefs of the Andes or Jainism. You can search by faith, as the photographs illustrate holy sites, places of worship and rituals of each creed represented. Below you will find the list of religions and beliefs photographed by Peter Langer.
Animism & Traditional Beliefs
African Traditional Religions
Images of the Dogon people practicing their animist religion with its festivals and Sirian mythology. of the Hogon, the spiritual leader of the village and of traditional funeral rituals or "damas" performed for tourists interested in the Dogon way of life.
Images of Korean village guardians, Kafir effigies worshipped by the Kalash and Nuristani people in the Hindu Kush Range in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We also feature images of Siberian shamanistic totems.
Andean Traditional Spirituality
Images of holy sites, items of worship & rituals of the Quechua & Aymara people that are a result of the syncretism between Christian and pre-Hispanic spirits and beings, such as earth mother, Pachamama or El Tio in the Mines of Potosi.
Australian Aboriginal Spirituality
Images of Australian Aboriginal artists and their paintings depicting the Dreamtime, Dreaming or Altjeringa.
Mexican Indigenous and Maya Spirituality
Images of aspects of the Maya religion that survives today among the Maya people of Mexico and the Highlands of Guatemala. The syncretism of the traditional Maya religion and Roman Catholicism is clearly shown in our photo essay of the Maya Easter Sunday festivities in Chichicastenango, Guatemala.
We have many images of the Day of the Dead in Mexico, that represent the mixture of Christian & Pre-Hispanic traditions and beliefs. Images of altars to the dead and cemeteries, where people decorate the graves of loved ones with offerings of flowers, pan de muerto and candles.
Native American Spirituality
Images of pow-wows and other ceremonies, in the personal and spiritual dimension. Images of totem poles and communal housing in British Columbia, Washington State and Alaska.
Images of sites, items of worship & rituals of Maoris and Hawaiians. Comprehensive coverage of all archaeological areas of Rapa Nui, including many Moai, Ahus and the sacred sites of Orongo, Motu Iti & Motu Nui Islets.
Asian Religions & Beliefs
Images of the Bahá'í House of Worship or Mashriqu'l-Adhkár in Delhi, India.
Balinese Hinduism & Spirituality
Images of the holy sites, places of worship and rituals of the island of Bali. The unique Balinese religion and culture is the result of the syncretism of classical Javanese culture with Balinese Hinduism in Indonesia.
Images of the holy sites, places of worship and rituals of the Tay Ninh Holy See in Vietnam.
Chinese Religions & Spirituality
Images of temples and rituals practiced by the followers of Confucianism and Daosim or Taoism in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Canada.
Images of the holy sites, temples, rites and rituals practiced by followers of the Hindu denominations of Shaivism, Shaktism, Vaishnavism and Smartha in India, Nepal, Malaysia & Singapore. We also feature images of various Hindu Gods.
Images of the holy sites, temples and rituals practiced by followers of the Jain faith in India, including the Temples on the Shatrunjaya Hill, Palitana, Jain sculptures carved in to the cliffs of Gwalior and temples in Jaisalmer, Ajmer, Osiyan, Kolkata and Nalanda.
Images of Mount Fuji and Shinto shrines and torii gates with Japanese people worshipping and practicing their Shinto rituals in Tokyo, the ancient cities of Kyoto and Nara, the Itsukushima Shinto Shrine and the Shrines and Temples of Nikko.
Images of the holy sites, Gurdwaras, rites and rituals practiced by followers of the Sikh faith in India, Pakistan and Canada, including the Harimandir Sahib, known popularly as the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab, India.
Images of the holy sites, temples and rituals practiced by followers of Ahura Mazda in Iran and India, including the Zoroastrian Fire Temple and Towers of Silence in Yazd, Persepolis, the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire and the Necropolis of Naqsh-e Rustam.
Places in the Life of Gautama Buddha
Images of Lumbini, birthplace of Buddha; Bodhgaya, site of Buddha's enlightenment; Rajgir, where he spent several months meditating and preaching at Griddhkuta; Sarnath, where Buddha first taught the Dharma & Vaishali, a place Buddha visited after his enlightenment.
Early Buddhism in South Asia
Images of Buddhist sites in the Gandhara Kingdom, such as Taxila, Takht-i-Bahi and the Bamiyan Valley in Afghanistan & Pakistan. Images of Buddhist paintings and sculptures in the Caves of Ajanta & Ellora, the Great Stupa at Sanchi, Nalanda University, Nagarjunkonda, Rajgir in India and the ruins of the Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur, Bangladesh. Full coverage of the Buddhist complexes of Anuradhapura, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya in Sri Lanka; the Angkor Temple Complex in Cambodia; Ayutthaya in Thailand and Bagan, Mandalay, Rangoon, Bago & Inle Lake in Myanmar.
Images of the holy sites, places of worship and rituals practiced by followers of the Mahayana Buddhist school in India, China, Korea, Japan and Borobudur, Indonesia.
Images of the holy sites, places of worship and rituals practiced by followers of the Theravada Buddhist school in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Burma, Thailand and Vietnam.
Images of the holy sites, places of worship & rituals in Tibet, including the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, Shigatse & Giantse. of Tibetan Buddhist temples in the Himalayas, including Nepal, Bhutan, & Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh and Sikkim in India.
Roman Catholic Church
Images of Roman Catholic cathedrals, churches, artistic representations of the Virgin Mary, Jesus Christ & Catholic Saints and of Catholic rites and rituals all over the world. The library contains many images of the Vatican, including many of the artistic & architectural masterpieces in St. Peter's Basilica.
CATHOLIC CELBRATIONS IN LATIN AMERICA
Día de los Muertos in Mexico Images of the Day of the Dead in Mexico, that represent the mixture of Christian & Pre-Hispanic traditions and beliefs. Images of altars to the dead and cemeteries, where people decorate the graves of loved ones with offerings of flowers, pan de muerto and candles.
Easter Celebrations in Guatemala Images of flower and sawdust carpets and the Easter processions on Good Friday in Antigua and Easter Sunday in Chichicastenango. Our images of devout people during Easter week in Guatemala truly reflect the syncretism of Christian and Maya traditions & beliefs.
Easter Celebrations in Ayacucho Images of candlelit processions on Good Friday and El Señor de la Resurreción procession, when Christ is carried out of Huamanga Cathedral atop a huge white pyramid adorned with 3,000 candles on Easter Sunday before dawn.
Corpus Christi Celebrations in Cusco Images of the processions of the images of sixteen saints and virgins from different Cusco districts arriving at the cathedral accompanied by musical bands and folkloric groups.
Images of Lutheran Churches in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Latvia, Estonia and Chile. of the Martin Luther Memorials in Wittenberg, Germany.
Images of Anglican Churches of the Anglican Communion in Great Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and the Caribbean.
Images of churches and rituals practiced by followers of various Protestant and Evangelical Christian Movements and Sects in North America, Central & South America.
Images of Coptic Christian cathedrals, churches, artistic representations of the Virgin Mary, Jesus Christ & Coptic Saints and of Coptic rites and rituals in Cairo, Wadi Natrun, Aswan and Abu Mena, including the archaeological site of Abu Mena in Egypt.
Images of Eastern Orthodox Churches, Icons and Iconostasis in Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia, Greece, Albania, Romania, Bulgaria, Iraq, Syria & Turkey. Images of Orthodox Easter celebrations in Russia.
Images of mosques and holy sites in Palestine, including the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Damascus, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei, China, Morocco, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Senegal, Turkey, Albania and Bosnia & Herzegovina. The collection contains many images of Muslims practicing their rites and customs throughout the Islamic World.
We also feature images of the historic Islamic centres in Granada, Cordoba, Seville and Toledo in Spain; Fes, Marrakesh, Meknes and Rabat in Morocco, as well as extensive coverage of Islamic Cairo in Egypt.
Images of mosques and holy sites in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan and Uzbekistan.
We feature the Tombs of Shiite Imams in Najaf, Karbala, Samarra & Baghdad in Iraq Qom & Mashhad in Iran.
Images of whirling dervishes in Syria and of tombs of Sufi saints in Thatta, Pakistan; Mahan, Iran and Fatehpur Sikri, India.
Images of the Wailing Wall and the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem & Masada, Israel. Photos of Synagogues and Religious Buildings and Jewish cemeteries in Western & Eastern Europe.
The Shoah & Holocaust Memorial Sites
Photographs of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, Buchenwald Concentration Camp, the Holocaust memorials to the Warsaw Ghetto, the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin and the Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.