I heard an interview with Arundati Roy, in which she described India’s “democratic Fascism.” She claims that in some ways the fact that India has an undeniable democracy makes the Fascism even worse, because it mobilizes more people to hatred, in places like Mumbai and Gujarat.This got me to thinking about ethnic religions vs conversion religions. Hinduism is an ethnic religion, as is Japanese Shinto, and western Wicca. They might all, for the same reason, be called pagan, in the sense that they are localized, passed down (or was, supposedly, in the case of Wicca) and exclusive to the people who were born into them, or into their heritage.What sets Pagan religions apart from Judaism (also ethnically based) is that they are also mythic rather than doctrinal. Hindus have sacred books, but they are not doctrinal; some are mythic, some are speculative, some are concerned largely with ritual. For example: The Creation story of Exodus is taken by some Christians and Jews as literal, what actually happened, the Truth, even though there are two quite different versions: Adam and Eve and God breathing dust into form. Hindus, like the Greeks, Romans and Nordic peoples, told their Creation stories as myths… Read full this story
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