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Many Indian Christians Follow Hindu Beliefs Including Karma, Reincarnation, and Ganga’s Purifying Powers: Pew Poll

A significant number of Indian Christians follow religious practices and beliefs that are not traditionally associated with Christianity, including karma, reincarnation and the purifying powers of the sacred river Ganga, according to a survey conducted by Pew Research.

The nationally representative survey was conducted between November 2019 and March 2020.

“Most Indian Christians say they believe in karma (54%), which is not rooted in the Christian religion. And many Indian Christians also believe in reincarnation (29%) and that the Ganga river has the power to purify (32%) hundred), both of which are fundamental teachings of Hinduism, ”the survey reveals.

Additionally, some Christians also celebrate Hindu festivals like Holi and Diwali. Meanwhile, some Christian women sport a “bindi” on their forehead, a custom that is not traditionally linked to Christianity.

“It is also quite common for Indian Christians to observe customs related to other religions, such as celebrating Diwali (31%) or wearing a frontal mark called bindi (22%), most commonly worn by Hindu, Buddhist and jains, “according to Pew Research report.

The report further adds that “Indian lower caste Christians are much more likely than upper caste Christians (also referred to as the general category) to have both Christian and non-Christian beliefs.”

According to the report, about half of lower caste Christians (51%) believe in demons or evil spirits, while only 12% of upper caste Christians hold this belief.

“Lower caste Christians are also more likely than Christians in the general category to believe in spiritual forces that are not generally associated with Christianity, such as karma (58% vs. 44%) and the evil eye (33% vs. 12%) ”says the report.