NEW DELHI (RNS) — Fearing censure, gay and transgender Indians have long kept away from mainstream religious spaces. But a Supreme Court ruling striking down a ban on homosexuality has galvanized many to practice their faith more openly.
LOMBARD, Ill. (RNS) — The congress came 125 years, nearly to the day, that Swami Vivekananda addressed the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago, emphasizing "tolerance and universal acceptance.” Not everyone saw the event as an echo of those ideals.
(RNS) — Pancasila, a set of founding principles including 'belief in the the One and Only God,' has historically demanded respect for the country's six formally recognized faiths.
KATHMANDU, Nepal (RNS) — Placing menstruating girls and women in sheds or huts is a centuries-old tradition called chhaupadi, practiced throughout the Hindu-majority country. But on Aug. 17, it became an offense.
(AP) — A suicide bomber targeted a group of Sikhs and Hindus on their way to meet Afghanistan’s president in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Sunday, killing at least 19 people.
(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s gallery includes images from England, Texas, Hong Kong, Brazil and ...
NEW DELHI, India (RNS) — Though it is illegal in India to discriminate on the basis of caste, the nearly 3,000-year-old social stratification system — while not as determinant in the life of many Indians as it used to be — still holds sway.
PARIS (RNS) — Should they be embraced as allies against racism or condemned for trying to whitewash and deny history?
BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Aside from no Facebook, Instagram or instant messaging apps, television and radio broadcasts cease and Balinese stay indoors, covering the windows and not even turning on a light, for the day of reflection that is the most sacred in Balinese Hinduism.
(The Conversation) — In the 1960s many Americans may have only known Hinduism through meditation, but the story of this country’s relationship with Hinduism is much longer and more complex.
NEW DELHI (AP) — The film is based on a 16th-century epic Sufi poem, 'Padmavat,' in which a brave and beautiful Rajput queen chose to immolate herself in a ceremonial fire rather than be captured by the Muslim sultan of Delhi, Allaudin Khilji.
(RNS) — What's the deal with this nine-night Hindu religious holiday you've never heard of? Let us ’Splain ...
(AP) — The festival of lights celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and others in India and other countries — long observed in immigrant communities around the U.S. — is now going mainstream.
(The Conversation) — As a scholar of Indic traditions, Jeffery D. Long can see why Hindus are upset.
(RNS) — India has filed a complaint against an Australian ad showing a pantheon of gods, including the Hindu deity Ganesh, promoting lamb as "the meat we can all eat." The problem — Ganesh, being Hindu, is a vegetarian.