Originally posted by KSPigpen
Please point out where I said this was ridiculous, frat.
NEVER would I call someone else's religious beliefs ridiculous. I never said it was any more or less valid than anyone else's beliefs. I posted the
article and my questions...I stated I have a hard time understanding it. That doesn't make it ridiculous.
I did not mean to offend in any way. Perhaps I should have used a different synonym, as it would seem that you have taken ridiculous to mean something
different, something loaded with intent that was not intended. Perhaps, I should have used "curious", or "peculiar", or "singular" instead of
using "ridiculous" which is an acceptable synonym of the word "bizarre" that you used. Entirely my bad for not being more specific in my choice
of adjectives that happen to have multiple definitions (and loaded definitions in the minds of some).
The point I was trying to make was that to any non-Christian or non-Jew, their respective religious practices seem odd and strange, as entirely
You are simply experiencing the same quandary as a non-Christian or non-Jew would viewing your own, when you are viewing another religion's
practices. I wasn't insinuating you were a bigot. I was however insinuating that because of your own beliefs, which have marked differences from the
Hindi beliefs, it makes it difficult for you to comprehend the why only because of perspective.
It's all a matter of perspective. It's perfectly natural to find it odd as you happen to have a different perspective.
Almost all the world's religions have two common beliefs that pertain to this Hindi practice in particular.
1.) That as humans were created by the Divine, then the Divine must be like humans and have anthropomorphic qualities. If humans laugh, then the
Divine must be able to laugh. If humans can change their mind, then the Divine must be able to change it's mind. If humans can be embarrassed, then
the Divine must be able to be embarrassed.
2.) That the Divine can be placated, satisfied, or motivated in some fashion.
Because of these two common religious beliefs, you will be hard pressed to find a religion either today or at any point throughout History that
doesn't have it's own methods to elicit a desired anthropomorphic response from the Divine.
Some religions do this by following Dogmatic rules and strictures. Some religions do this by magical acts. Some religions do this by symbolic rites.
Some religions do this by Sympathy/Correspondence. Each and every one of them has their own unique style and way of achieving the same end.
In this case, the Hindi farmers are desperate and resorting to old customs. I'm sure they probably think it a little peculiar and bizarre themselves,
but desperate times call for desperate measures, and in most religions, the Divine only helps those willing to help themselves, so it doesn't hurt
anyone to try. Sure, those poor girls were probably quite embarrassed themselves having to go out into the fields naked, but if they were embarrassed,
then hopefully the Divine would be too. In the very least, a benevolent deity would have empathy for their plight (and their subsequent embarrassment)
and aid them. The deities of some religions might have a laugh at their expense and show some compassion any way. The deities of some religions might
actually grow angry at their futile attempts to placate them and demand blood sacrifice as an act of contrition and assuage the deities anger at the
The deities that humans worship tend to be just as human as we are, just to a level where those human attributes are exemplified.
Embarrassing a deity doesn't seem that far off the mark as far as practices go. I've heard of stranger ways to elicit a response from a deity.
(Again, I'm sorry for my original response being taken the wrong way. Please accept my apologies.)
[edit on 24-7-2009 by fraterormus]