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14 Topic Pages Found in Religion & Theology and starting with the letter V
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Open Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day

St. Valentine is believed to have been a Roman priest who was martyred on this day around 270. How he became the patron saint of lovers remains a

Valentinus, active 2nd century

( vălӘntē'nӘs ), fl. c.135–c.160, founder of the Valentinians, the most celebrated of the Gnostic sects (see Gnosticism ) of the 2d cent. The little

Open Valhalla

Valhalla is the conventional English-language rendering of Old Icelandic Valhöll (The Hall of the Slain), which, according to Nordic mythology of the

Open Valkyries (Norse mythology)
Valkyries (Norse mythology)

Valkyries, meaning "Choosers of the Slain," were beautiful young women—sometimes immortal, depending on the Norse myth—who scouted battlefields

Open Vanir

Subgroup of the gods. The vanir are distinguished from the æsir, the dominant group to which Odin and Thor and their consorts belong, but they are

Open Vatican City
Vatican City

( văt'ĭkӘn ) or Holy See, officially Holy See (State of the Vatican City), independent state (2005 est. pop. 900), 108.7 acres (44 hectares), within


( vĭdän'tӘ, –dăn'– ), one of the six classical systems of Indian philosophy. The term “Vedanta” has the literal meaning “the end of the Veda” and


The term Veda , derived from the root vid , “to know,” means “knowledge.” The Veda functions in Hindu traditions as an authoritative category that is

Open Venus (Roman deity)
Venus (Roman deity)

Venus emerges from Rome's historical records as an increasingly powerful deity of sex, war, and politics, whose most prominent patrons were generals


(Publius Vergilius Maro)( both: vûr'jil ), 70 B.C.–19 B.C., Roman poet, b. Andes dist., near Mantua, in Cisalpine Gaul; the spelling Virgil is not