Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (NMAH) in Washington DC is launching a new multiyear initiative examining religion in America, and Hindus want Hinduism to be included in it.
According to reports, this initiative, launching on November 5 with a program series on sacred music in American life, will include exhibition and programs focusing on religious history, with “role of religion in the formation and development of the United States” at its heart.
“It will include collecting, researching, documenting and exhibiting materials as well as presenting programs reflective of the country’s diverse religious traditions.” A one-year exhibition, “Religion in Early America”, will open on June 28. Beginning in 2017, the museum will feature an annual theater program on religion and American history under its “History Alive!” theater series.
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that hardworking US Hindu community, numbering about three million, had made lot of contributions to the nation and society in USA.
Hinduism was very visible all over the nation with active worship taking place at temples spread around the country and festivals being celebrated in various cities and towns regularly. Moreover, yoga, introduced and nourished by Hinduism, was practiced by about 37 million Americans in yoga studios, educational institutions, workplaces, homes, etc., all over USA; Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, indicated.
Rajan Zed urged NMAH Director John Gray and its Board Chairman Nicholas F. Taubman to relook into the NMAH religion initiative and provide Hinduism the share it deserved. If NMAH needed any Hinduism help, he or other Hindu scholars would gladly assist, Zed added.
With over three million artifacts in its collection, NMAH, opened in 1964, “strives to bring forth a deeper awareness of American culture, identity, and society”.
Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.