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Pagan News Beagle: Faithful Friday, April 3

Change is in the air! Today's Faithful Fridays brings to you stories of how the world's religious landscape is changing, both locally and globally. Read on to learn more about how the world's religious landscape will look in 2050, how Hinduism is affecting India's economic policy, and why young women are turning to Wicca.

What will the world be like in 2050? Futurism is always a bit of a hit-and-miss affair but looking at statistical trends can often offer clues. According to Pew Research one change we should expect is for the world's Muslim population to grow significantly (by 73%) and for the world's Christian population to become more heavily concentrated in places like Africa and Latin America rather than Europe or North America.

Ostara has long since passed but its Christian cousin, Easter/Pasch, will soon be upon us. In Sweden one of the local traditions includes dressing up as witches. Read more at Sweden's The Local.

Should religious law determine civic law? Often when such questions are raised in the Western law we're talking about Biblical law or "sharia" but in India, it's Hinduism most people would be most concerned with. There the Modi government, elected last year, is considering banning cattle slaughter, which contravenes Hindu morality and would have a large impact on the country's export market.

Many people think they know what a Native American or American Indian is but stereotypes rarely survive exposure to facts. Follow the link to Yes! Magazine to check out a photo gallery that looks to dispel common impressions many have about America's indigenous peoples.

What exactly is the appeal of Wicca? The Guardian looks at why young women such as rapper Azealia Banks are drawn to the religion which, until recently, was considered bizarrely outlandish in Western society.

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