are also beginning to witness the revival of native and pagan
religions that under medieval religious rule and colonial domination
were suppressed. There is a return of polytheism, accepting many
names and forms for Divinity, and the worship of the Goddess. There
is a new interest in the older European religions of the Greeks and
the Kelts, and the older Mediterranean religions of Egypt and
Babylonia. The New Age movement in the West is picking up many Hindu
related ideas like karma and rebirth. Native American beliefs are
become more active again and gaining more respect.
Hinduism as the oldest and largest of
the pagan and non-biblical beliefs will benefit by such renewed
Sister religions to Hinduism like
Buddhism and Taoism are gaining global acceptance and experiencing a
revival. In the Western world there is seldom a major city that does
not have besides churches, synagogues and mosques, Hindu, Buddhist
or Taoist temples and other religious sites. Even some forms of
Christianity are adding to meditation to their practices. This all
must give more credibility to Yoga and meditation oriented
traditions like the Hindu. Missionary groups are beginning to be
exposed for the great harm they have caused historically. Christians
have apologized to Black Africans for their mistreatment of them.
Such a trend may expand eventually to include Christian and Islamic
apologies for their oppression of Hindus.