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There are currently 7 terms in this directory beginning with the letter P.
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Pensive Bodhisattva
A form of portraying bodhisattvas [q.v.] with one foot on the floor and the other placed upon the opposite knee, while the finger of one hand rests against the cheek or head.

Peter
In Christianity [q.v.], one of the 12 disciples of Jesus [q.v.].

plainchant
Plainchant is a type of music used in Christian worship where religious texts are sung to a single unaccompanied line.

Polycarp
Polycarp (69–155) was Christian [q.v.] bishop (q.v.) of Smyrna in the eastern Mediterranean. According to later records, he died a martyr [q.v.], bound and burned at the stake, then stabbed when the fire failed to consume his body.

Pontius Pilate
In Christianity [q.v.], the Roman Governor who gave the order for Jesus [q.v.] to be crucified.

Prince Shōtoku (聖徳太子)
Shōtoku Taishi (572–622) was son of the Japanese Emperor Yōmei (用明天皇, r. 585–587, 31st monarch) and was active in the spread of Buddhism [q.v.] in Japan.

Priory
In a Christian context, a monastery [q.v.] headed by a Prior or Prioress.