MUMBAI (RNS) As political Hinduism has strengthened in recent years, liberals have decried increasing intolerance and the shrinking space for dissent.
(The Conversation) Sacred music has a unique ability to engage both body and mind. It brings people together in expressing gratitude, praise, sorrow and even protest against injustice.
(Reuters) Similar to Lent and the Vegetarian Festival in Thailand, Thaipusam represents a time of self-sacrifice and penance, as gratitude for boons fulfilled.
(RNS) How did the swastika travel from prehistorical India to a New York City subway last week? Can it its original meaning as a sign of fertility, good fortune and hope be restored?
(RNS) One marks the harvest, others are festivals of lights. Now and in the coming weeks, Hindus, Jews, Buddhists and Yoruba are celebrating different holidays, shown in this slideshow.
The temple in India's Kerala state was hosting a fireworks display to mark the start of the local Hindu new year.
Tennessee wants the Bible as its state book? They should learn what it contains.
MUMBAI -- The Shani Shingnapur temple in western India has barred women for centuries from the inner sanctum that is dedicated to Shani, or Saturn.
(RNS) Who is God? Where do we come from? These are questions that led actor Morgan Freeman on a personal journey around the world.
NEW DELHI -- India is the world's largest exporter of beef, but the killing of cows is forbidden in some regions, as many Hindus regard the animal as sacred.
ATLANTA -- The bill grants churches, religious schools or faith-based associations the right to reject holding events for people or groups to whom they object.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) But Ravi Shankar rejects warnings from Indian environmentalists who predict that the event, and the 3.5 million visitors expected, will devastate the area's biodiversity.
A study seeks to explain why some religions -- Christianity and Islam in particular -- have dominated the globe.
(RNS) If the government is allowed to determine the veracity of religious doctrines familiar to most everyone, what will happen to Americans whose beliefs are less known or understood?