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Pagan News Beagle: Watery Wednesday, May 27

One of the most important parts of building a community is making sure everyone has access to the necessary resources to keep them alive and comfortable. Water is perhaps the most fundamental of those. This week in Watery Wednesday we take a look at (among other things) communities around the world that are working to maintain easy access to water or those that have formed in areas where water is scarce. Continue below to find out more!

The drought in California continues with little sign of slowing down. How can the state adapt to its new, presumably dryer future? Yes! Magazine takes a look by talking with Susana De Anda, a local farmer and activist from California's Central Valley.

Are traditional religious communities going away? Are we seeing the end of the "church?" Perhaps so, perhaps not. But certainly the way that the faithful gather is changing and RNS' Tom Ehrich has a few ideas on how they are and what they might be changing into.

Those familiar with Indo-European cultures may be aware that rivers and other waterways feature prominently in their mythology. But what are some of the specific rivers the ancients venerated? IrishCentral takes a look at some of those valued waterways in Ireland as well as their connections to ancient Celtic myth.

California isn't the only industrialized society dealing with water shortages. This article from The Guardian discusses how the Sao Paolo metropolitan area in Brazil is dealing with the ever-increasing demand for fresh water... even as the wells run dry.

Lastly, what happens when you put two religious groups with a lot of mutual animosity and bad blood between one another in the middle of the desert? Apparently, you get a tightly-bound and religious tolerant community if the small town of Mithi is anything to go by. Read more about this inspiring Pakistani village inhabited by both Muslims and Hindus over at The Huffington Post.

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