Stories about Religion from August, 2015
Journalists Reporting in Mali Receive Death Threats From ‘Guardians of Jihad’
A militant group threatens to kill journalists working for foreign media who report on Mali.
Instagram Photos Offer a Peek Into Nagasaki's Unique Send-Off for the Dead
Isolated Nagasaki, in western Japan, has a unique approach to Obon, the festival of the dead observed in Japan each year in mid-August.
Meet Venezuela's Orthodox Priest Who Rocks in His Robes
Father Elias is not your typical rock star, playing in a priest's robe. He's not what many expect a priest to be like, either.
Will Nepal's Gadhimai Temple End Its Centuries-Old Animal Sacrifice Rituals?
News reports that the Gadhimai temple -- which hosts one of the world’s biggest massacre of animals -- will ban their centuries-old ritual of sacrifice, turned out to be wrong.
Jamaicans Stage Milestone LGBT Pride Celebration
Arguably one of the most homophobic countries in the world, Jamaica has staged its first ever—and incident-free—LGBT pride celebrations.
On the Seventieth Anniversary of the Bombing, Japan Remembers Nagasaki
Long overshadowed by Hiroshima, the atomic bombing of Nagasaki highlights Japan's memory of the war.
Fifteen People Killed in ISIS Attack on Saudi Security Forces Mosque in Asir
Fifteen people were killed when an ISIS operative blew himself up in a security forces mosque in Asir, Saudi Arabia. This is the first time ISIS targets a Sunni mosque.
Muhammadiyah Wants Indonesia be a Key Player in the World
With a large population and abundant resources, the Islamic group Muhammadiyah wants to push Indonesia to emerge as a key player in the world.
Buddha’s Beads Fetch Millions for Farmers in Central Nepal
News guaranteed to thrill Buddhists and botanists around the world: a Nepalese tree famous for its use in making Buddhist prayer beads, has been described as a new species.
‘Films for Action’ Website Shares List of Top 100 Documentaries ‘We Can Use to Change the World’
After years of promotion and reviews of documentaries devoted to social change, the site Films for Action released a list of what they consider to be the 100 most influencial and provocative. From critiques to manistream media to the corporate world, passing through the ideas and solutions proposed in and by...
Summer is the Season for Fireworks in Japan
In July and August, massive and elaborate fireworks displays are held all over Japan.