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People reports that Julia Roberts, who was raised Christian, is now “definitely” Hindu. Presumably, she felt a spiritual connection to the faith while filming Eat Pray Love in India. According to the magazine:

The entire Roberts-Moder family, she reveals, goes to temple together to “chant and pray and celebrate. I’m definitely a practicing Hindu,” says Roberts, who grew up with a Catholic mother and Baptist father. 

And since in Hindu cosmology souls can be reincarnated in other bodies, where does she see herself in the next life? “Golly, I’ve been so spoiled with my friends and family in this life,” she says. “Next time I want to be just something quiet and supporting.” 

Isn’t it kind of refreshing to hear about a celebrity getting excited about a belief system other than Scientology or Kabbalah? Plus, for what it’s worth, it sounds like she’s practicing her new faith more actively than many Indian Americans I know; then again, converts to any religion tend to be relatively devout (otherwise, why bother?), so that’s not surprising.

Check out David Gibson’s column in Politics Daily for more on this.

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