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Pagan News Beagle: Faithful Friday, May 15

The world is a wonderful and diverse place. Today, in the Pagan News Beagle, we take a look at that diversity. How are Siberian shamans making a comeback? What does theology have to do with #BlackLivesMatter? And how do yesteryear's witches relate to modern women's health? These questions and more are discussed in today's articles from around the web.

Thanks to Russian missionaries Christianity's made large inroads in Siberia and the Russian Far East. But recently Tengrism, the traditional religion of many of North Asia's indigenous peoples, has been making a comeback. Read this article to learn more.

Temples are frequently regarded as places of religious communion and sanctuary from the rigors of the outside world. But they can also be places for communal bonding. In India's Golden Temple Sikhs from around the world gather to celebrate their faith and join in what this article from Munchies calls "the world's largest free kitchen."

In regards to the ways in which our society has changed—and the ways it has not—this piece from ReligionLink talks about how the idea behind "black lives matter"—that African-American lives are undervalued by our society—has made its way into America's religious institutions. Follow the link to find out more about how America's faithful are grappling with this massive social injustice.

It's not that uncommon to hear that traditional witches were often local healers who were shunned despite the helpful services they offer. We like to think we've changed since then. But how much have we really? This article from Salon asks if anti-feminist ideology bears any similarity to the superstitious witch hunts of the past.

Lastly... how much do you really know about Islam? As one of the world's largest religions you'd expect knowledge of Islam to be a priority for the American educational system. But as this article reveals, many of us have a lot to learn.

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