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Tag Archive: Hindus

Jan 14 2013

Madness 2

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David Jennings’s description of Kumbha Mela sounds like it’s a hippie gathering. Over the bridges by the tens of thousands, shouting, chanting, singing, thrusting spears and tridents into the air, some painted orange, some wrapped in pink or saffron robes, some naked, some wearing crowns and capes, some bearded, some with swords, some with long …

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Aug 26 2012

Religion Divides (Warning: Graphic Images)

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India was partitioned in 1947. The partition of India is one of the greatest tragedies in human history. More than a million people were killed. 12 million people were uprooted from their homeland and crossed the boundaries between India and Pakistan. But not all Muslims left their homeland India and not all Hindus left their …

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Aug 14 2012

Islamic fairy tale

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Muhammad visited heaven and hell. He met Allah, the creator of the universe. It was 7th century. There was no space-shuttle or airplane or helicopter. He did not have wings to fly. Angle Gabriel brought a buraq, a white animal, smaller than a mule and bigger than a donkey. Some people imagined buraq as kamdhenu, …

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Jul 31 2012

A big celebration of patriarchal tradition

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Yes, it happens in the Indian subcontinent every year. It is a big patriarchal festival celebrated by Hindus. Men and women of all ages, of all classes and of all castes celebrate Raksha Bandhan or the bond of protection. On this auspicious day, sisters tie a silk thread called Rakhi on their brothers’ wrists and pray …

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