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Pagan News Beagle: Faithful Friday, November 4

A look at traditional burial sites in China. Muslim Americans join in protests at Standing Rock. And a consideration of the Confucian perspective on politics. It's Faithful Friday, our weekly segment on faiths and religious communities from around the world! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

Halloween's just passed and already here in the U.S. we're moving on to the next big holiday: Thanksgiving. But how do other cultures around the world honor their dead? In Hong Kong, Robert Rath takes a looks at the city's distinctive tiered graveyards, which hang over large parts of the city.

What does atheism or religion have to do with feminism? Quite a lot actually. Many Pagans are familiar with the idea that Christianity (and many other religions including Islam and Buddhism) often reinforces patriarchal cultural norms. But apparently that's a bridge too far for some atheists. Noel Zeigler takes down the "Amazing Atheist's" anti-feminism rant.

Many Pagans are by now familiar with the Standing Rock protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline, where American Indian activists and others have gathered to protests attempts to build a pipeline through traditional native lands. But did you know Muslims have been participating in the protests? Muslim Matters has more.

When we think of religious music we usually think of traditional music like Latin choirs. But religious music can also take a more modern sound. Vice takes a look at how a Berlin music producer is mixing up traditional Chinese folk religion and club music.

Different religions have different perspectives when it comes to politics. One religion with a long and intimate relationship with political structures is Confucianism, which formed the ideological basis for China's historical civil service. At The Huffington Post, Bin Song discusses the Confucian conception of the relationship between the state and citizen.

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