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(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s gallery includes images from Indian celebrations, an Orthodox Christian conference and more.

Indian youth form a human pyramid to break the “Dahi Handi,” an earthen pot filled with curd hanging above them, as part of celebrations to mark the Janmashtami festival in Mumbai, India, on Sept. 3. 2018. The festival marks the birth of Hindu god Krishna and the act seeks to reenact the story of Lord Krishna stealing butter during his childhood. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

South Korean Buddhist nuns share umbrellas as they walk through a heavy rain to attend the Dalai Lama’s teachings in Dharmsala, India, on Sept. 5, 2018. India is currently receiving monsoon rains. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)

Members of the LGBTQ community dance in Bangalore, India, on Sept. 6, 2018 to celebrate after the country’s top court struck down a colonial-era law that made homosexual acts punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The court gave its ruling Thursday on a petition filed by five people who challenged the law, saying they are living in fear of being harassed and prosecuted by police. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

Clergy members assemble at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Istanbul, Turkey, on Sept. 1, 2018. The “Synaxis,” presided over by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, has brought together dozens of Metropolitans and Archbishops of the Ecumenical Patriarchate from across the globe, reuniting them for the first time since their last meeting in 2015. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Pakistani Islamists protest against the appointment of a minority Ahmadi Muslim as an adviser to the government, in Lahore, Pakistan, on Sept. 7, 2018. A spokesman says the government of Pakistan’s newly elected prime minister has removed a minority Ahmadi Muslim from a recently set up economic council because of opposition from hard-line Islamists. The banner reads “favors to Ahmadi Muslims by a new government are unacceptable.” (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

Devotees carry idols of Hindu god Ganesha from a studio to temporary places of worship for the upcoming Ganesha Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, India, on Sept. 1, 2018. Ganesha Chaturthi, the festival celebrating the birth of elephant-headed Ganesha, will begin Sept. 13. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

A general view of the Great Synagogue during a ceremony in advance of the Jewish New Year in Paris, on Sept. 4, 2018. (Yoan Valat/Pool via AP)

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  • Yeah, I guess I’m ready to believe that multi-armed gods with elephant heads represent the Ultimate Truth™. No wait, I guess that Mohammad really did ride to Heaven on a winged white horse. Oops, I mean there’s no doubt that Joseph Smith decoded a set of golden tablets with a magical seer stone placed in his hat. Hold on, it could be that a Jewish god-king will return to lead his followers in an eternal earthly paradise. No, Jesus of Nazareth is no doubt returning any day now to judge all humanity, despite his promise that his Jewish followers would be alive to witness the End Times™ and the fact that two millennia have elapsed since his miraculous resurrection.

    Oh, but then there’s the truth behind Dianetics and Scientology, and that god who lives in a volcano …

    Gee, could it be that the Ultimate Truth depends on which country one is born or how stupid most humans are? Sure seems that way to me.