Global Studies ClassGloabal Diasporas and Cultural Changethe Sikhs in the United States
The cartographers used colors to show this trend. there was a huge red spot from Japan to China indicating Buddhists, then there was a huge dark green spot all over the Middle East, and there was blue over most of Europe and America (Juergensmeyer 3). The point is religious density and demographics do not remain the same.
Times change and so do the demographics, people move to different places. Now the dark colors of cartographers are turning light due to the mingling of other religious followers (Juergensmeyer 3). The world has truly turned into a global village. The immigration and migration has seen a tremendous increase over the past 50 years. Traveling has become so easy and people are moving out of their comfort zones for better opportunities.
This demographic intermingling of religions is healthy because it has given more understanding to people about others religions. The migration is so prevalent that Los Angeles is the second biggest in terms of population of Iranians and Filipinos (Juergensmeyer 4). The US is a multicultural place. Since the time of Columbuss discovery of the United States, there has been an influx of immigrants from all over the world. Suddenly everyone wanted to migrate to the land of opportunities.
The Indian subcontinent has many fertile lands situated alongside ancient rivers. One of these most ancient civilizations on earth are found in North India, more commonly known as the Harappa Mohenjo-Daro. In the region of Punjab when it was not divided between India and Pakistan, there was strong minority of Sikh population. Compared to the huge population of Hindus and Muslims in India, the population of the Sikhs was not as much. They were and still are in minority.
The world is known for the globalization of trade and economy but not many people pay attention to the globalization of religion. Religion is a global tool in the sense that it propels people to engage in global