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Pagan News Beagle: Faithful Friday, December 11

Religions around the world form an unexpected bond over the divine feminine. Islamophobia is confronted within the United States, even as it rises. And the the spiritual significance of Hanukkah is examined. It's Faithful Friday, our weekly segment on faiths and religious communities around the world! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

Just how important is the sacred feminine? Christians venerate the Virgin Mary, Hindus the goddesses Saraswati, Lakshmi, and Parvati, and Muslims honor holy women like Hajar, Khadija, Aisha, and Fatima. Website Religion Link details the importance of motherhood, femininity, and womanhood to many of the world's largest religions.

An increasingly large number of religious figures have become concerned with the threat of climate change worldwide: Pope Francis, Muslim clerics in Turkey, and Christian leaders in the Philippines. You can now add Hindu scholars in India to that growing list.

What's the difference between modesty and shame, privacy and silence? Muslim writer Nadiah Mohajir discusses the importance of distinguishing the four and finding a place in Islamic culture for women to openly and healthily discuss their bodies and sexuality, while keeping their faith and not feeling excluded from their communities.

Even as some people question whether or not it really exists, Islamophobia rises in the West with openly anti-Muslim figures like Donald Trump and Marine Le Pen gaining popularity. For Western Muslims, the results are terrifying.

We're now in the midst of Hanukkah, the week-long annual Jewish holiday celebrated during early December. But what is Hanukkah about and why do Jews celebrate it? shares eight vital facts about the festival.

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