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1,163 - Types of Religious Leaders

December 11th, 2015

Episode 331 of 489 episodes

Get your thinking caps on for this episode, in which we teach you how to address different kinds of religious leaders. Slow dialog: 1:34 Explanations: 3:37 Fast dialog: 17:41 Mary: I feel like an idiot! Alexei: Why? What happened? Mary: I just called the bishop over there “pope.” Alexei: That’s not so bad. You gave him a promotion. At least you didn’t call him “rabbi.” Mary: Don’t laugh! When I agreed to work at this interfaith conference, I didn’t know I’d need a crash course in identifying religious leaders from their dress. Alexei: It can’t be that hard. That man over there is clearly a cardinal and the woman next to him is probably a minister by the look of her clerical collar. Mary: What about the man in robes over there? Alexei: He’s probably a lama or a guru. He’s definitely not an imam, but I’m not entirely sure how I would address him. Mary: See what I mean? I keep saying the wrong thing. Alexei: These religious leaders don’t expect laypeople like you and me to know as much as they do about religious dress. Mary: That’s what you think! I called that man over there “preacher” and he gave me a dirty look. Alexei: No wonder. He’s the caterer. Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

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