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10 ways to celebrate an eco-friendly Diwali this year

It’s not just about avoiding firecrackers and cutting down on sweets — here’s how you can still have fun and make the most of the festive season!

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South Africa: Some Durban Residents Object to Water Recycling Proposal

Durban – More than 5 000 Durban residents have given the thumbs-down to the city’s controversial toilet-to-tap water recycling proposal. Most of the objections, which include a large number of signatures from Muslim residents, are contained in a petition sent to the city as part of the mandatory environmental impact assessment process which runs for […]

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Easter Water and Water in Religion: Part 1

  Water has a central place in the practices and beliefs of many religions for two main reasons.  Firstly, water cleanses.  Water washes away impurities and pollutants, it can make an object look as good as new and wipe away any signs of previous defilement. Water not only purifies objects for ritual use, but can […]

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Holy Water and Water in Religion: Part 2

Significance of water in Hinduism and Islam Hinduism Water in Hinduism has a special place because it is believed to have spiritually cleansing powers.  To Hindus all water is sacred, especially rivers, and there are seven sacred rivers, namely the Ganges, Yamuna, Godavari, Sarasvati, Narmada, Sindhu and Kaveri.  Although Hinduism encompasses so many different beliefs […]

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Spiritual Cleansing & Water in Religion: Part 3

Significance of Water in Judaism, Shinto & Zoroastrianism Judaism In Judaism ritual washing is intended to restore or maintain a state of ritual purity and its origins can be found in the Torah.  These ablutions can be washing the hands, the hands and the feet, or total immersion which must done in ‘living water’, i.e. […]

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