Hinduism Case Studies

Ganges River

Pollution and India's Living River

Hinduism is a global religion, but most Hindus live in India. Hindu goddesses are often a part of the Indian geographical landscape. This includes the deified river: the Ganges.


Small group of smiling hindu women

The Third Gender and Hijras

In Hindu society, people of non-binary gender expression have played important roles for over 2000 years.


Group of American Hindus meeting with a Senator

Hindus in American Textbooks

In the early 2000s, some American Hindus organized to stop perceived discrimination against them in American public school books.


Rama and Sita decorated statues at a temple in Ayodhya

Destruction of the Ayodhya Mosque

Many Indian Hindus live in peace with their neighbors, but some have perpetrated violence against minorities.


The Kalighat Temple in Kolkata

Internet Pujas

Many Hindus practice the puja, a form of worship in which they experience a moment of connection with a deity. Online puja services give global access to Hindu temples.