Saturday, October 14, 2006

A very strange protest.

This group of Hindu's have changed their faith as a protest against the caste system in India. A system different from all other religious systems where non believers are low class and are targeted for conversion. It seems that people are allocated roles in Hinduism and any offspring are also in that role with no chance to change. The converts, Dalits, are the lowest caste of Hindu's in this system.

Hinduism teaches that most humans were created from parts of the body of the divinity Purusha. According to which body parts they were created from, humans fall into four basic castes which define their social standing, who they can marry, and what jobs they can do. Dalits fall outside this system and are traditionally prevented from doing all but the most menial jobs or even drinking from the same water sources as other castes. How exactly they do that I'm afraid to ask.

Read more here.

It is against the law to discriminate this way but it still goes on and the mass conversions are to protest against this. Thousands are converting to Christianity, Jainism or Sikhism as well as Buddhism with other ceremonies planned. What! No new Muslims?

In the meantime some states have passed laws restricting conversions while a political party reclassify Buddhism and Jainism as branches of the Hindu religion to keep it's supporters.

On the plus side nobody got their heads cut off.


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