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Pagan News Beagle: Faithful Friday, May 29

India! One of the world's largest countries and also one of the few which is neither Christian nor Muslim dominant. Today in Faithful Friday, we take a look at the different religions of this diverse and storied country, from the Hindu majority to the newcomers of Islam and Sikhism to the faded (but not forgotten) faith of Buddhism. Take a look!

First, as part of a larger series of Patheos' posts, Padma Kuppa has written this piece titled "The Good of Hinduism." Follow the link to learn about her perspective on the world's third largest religion and what she feels it offers.

Next, in a story we're sure many Pagans can relate to, Lodro Rinzler of The Huffington Post talks about his experience with a man who converted from conservative Christianity to Buddhism. What's it like to come out as Buddhist? Click the link if you're interested in finding out.

Although they're the dominant group in state of Punjab in India, Sikhs are not very well understood or respected by most people outside of South Asia. Indeed, as this story relates, they're often mistaken for Muslims and as a result face the same kind of discrimination.

It's common to imagine India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh's Hindus and Muslims as intrinsically opposed and hostile toward one another but that's not always the case. This article from the International Business Times describes how Indian Muslims are helping their Hindu neighbors in the construction of a massive new temple in Bihar.

Lastly, what does the future hold for Hindus in America? Shall the same force of growing irreligiousity among America's Christians take hold among Hindus? Will their numbers increase in the near future? And what does it say for American relations with India? Check out this story from The Huffington Post to learn more about the possibilities.

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