Religious music (also sacred music) is music performed or composed for religious use or through religious influence.
The earliest music in the Christian Church came from Jewish worship music. It is believed that this music lay somewhere between singing and speaking, or speaking with an understood ritual cadence.
The earliest synagogal music was based on the same system as that in the Temple in Jerusalem. According to the Talmud, Joshua ben Hananiah, who had served in the sanctuary Levitical choir, told how the choristers went to the synagogue from the orchestra by the altar (Talmud, Suk. 53a), and so participated in both services.
Shintō music (神楽) is ceremonial music for Shinto (神道) which is the native religion of Japan.
Buddhist music is music for Buddhist ceremony or meditation.
- Christian music
- Church music
- Gospel music
- Liturgical music
- Music and politics
- Secular music
- Spiritual (music)
- World Sacred Music Festival
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