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Posted by: Dave the Atheist ( )
Date: January 21, 2018 09:14PM

people like their gods to look like themselves.

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Posted by: anybody ( )
Date: January 21, 2018 09:47PM

“The Ethiops say that their gods are flat-nosed and black,
While the Thracians say that theirs have blue eyes and red hair.
Yet if cattle or horses or lions had hands and could draw,
And could sculpt like men, then the horses would draw their gods
Like horses, and cattle like cattle; and each they would shape
Bodies of gods in the likeness, each kind, of their own.”

― Xenophanes

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Posted by: Lot's Wife ( )
Date: January 21, 2018 10:28PM


The gods of India were mainly imposed by the Aryan invaders of 2000-1200 BCE. Those were light-skinned people who spoke an Indo-European language, which is why Hindi is related to most of the languages of Europe. Anyway, the light-skinned Aryans dominated Indian society--to the extent of giving the country its name--and so their conceptions of the gods' complexion became dominant along with the caste system and other social institutions.

If Indians are trying to recast their gods with darker skin, they must be trying to re-caste their society in more egalitarian terms as well. We'll see whether the lower castes and the southern, relatively Dravidian, peoples prevail.

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Posted by: ificouldhietokolob ( )
Date: January 22, 2018 10:11AM

Let me know when they re-cast their 'gods' as imaginary and worthless.
That'll be progress I can cheer :)

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Posted by: saucie ( )
Date: January 22, 2018 11:32AM

That'll be the day unfortunately, but one can only hope.

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Posted by: Chicken N. Backpacks ( )
Date: January 22, 2018 11:49AM

The Flying Spaghetti Monster was, and will always be, high-quality Semolina wheat pasta.

It looks nothing like me, but embraces me in its noodly appendages...

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