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Pagan News Beagle: Faithful Friday, October 9

The Dalai Lama comes under fire for allegations of sexism. Kurdistan's women fight back against ISIL. And learn the details of the recently celebrated Sukkot festival. It's Faithful Friday, our weekly news segment on religions from around the world. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

The Dalai Lama may be one of the most beloved religious leaders on the planet but that doesn't mean he doesn't sometimes arouse controversy. Recently the Dalai Lama drew ire when he said that, should he be reincarnated as a woman in his next life, he should be "very attractive" or else s/he'd be "not much use."

Jews recently finished celebrating the annual autumnal festival of Sukkot earlier this week. But what is Sukkot? And how do Jews celebrate it? The Huffington Post offers a detailed summary of the Jewish holiday.

Speaking both Judaism and Buddhism, what's it like to celebrate the festival of Yom Kippur in a Buddhist monastery? Lapsed Jewish writer Yitzhak Bronstein shares his rather unique interfaith experience at Tablet, which is well worth checking out.

There's been some suggestions that Muslims should no more to fight ISIL but the truth is they're already doing quite a lot. Some of the most numerous and ardent soldiers in the fight against ISIL are Kurds, from northern Iraq, eastern Iran, and southern Turkey. Of course, not all Kurds are Muslim and these Yazidi women fighters have joined the fight as well.

What's Nigeria's largest export? Most people might say oil or other petroleum products but Nigeria's recently acquired a reputation as one of the world's most evangelical countries as well. The Christian Science Monitor takes a look at the country's top spiritual export: Christianity.

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