Is Sacredness in the Eye of the Beholder? A Thought Experiment on the Sacredness of Space

When I visit a new city, I almost always visit one of its prominent churches. For this, I am no exception: A lot of people, non-Christians and Christians alike, like to visit churches, for instance while on vacation. Although most official church members are not regular churchgoers anymore, they nevertheless feel attracted to church buildings. Weiterlesen

Sacred yet Shared Traditions in Kerala, South India: Illuminated neither by Candles nor by Diyas, but by a Nilavilakku

When I moved to Europe, stereotypes about India and Indians that existed here entertained me. One of the most intriguing ones, however, was the assumption that I were a Hindu. Now what’s so special about it? At the outset, nothing. It is a valid assumption – I mean, yes, it is the only country, after Nepal, with a majority of its population practising Hinduism. But what intrigued me was the potential of such a remark to lead to so many generalizations and presumptions, sometimes even seeping into academic writings, for instance, ‘indigenous culture’ is automatically presumed to be Hindu or at least having something to do with it. Being a student of religious studies, it made me think: How does one then approach cultural traditions in India which are often so interwoven with shared cultural practices that permeate into the very core of regional identity? How does one begin to classify cultures as ‘foreign’ or ‘indigenous’ when they have been around and have evolved simultaneously with some of the oldest traditions of the land? This article recounts some facets of cultural practices of Kerala (located in the southwestern tip of modern India), where Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism and Islam have developed together, resulting in a unique crossing-over of practices and traditions.

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Ein Kreuz für die CSU

Man hätte meinen können, das Kreuz sei ein christliches Symbol. Die CSU ist sich da aktuell aber anscheinend nicht mehr so sicher.

So sagte der bayerische Ministerpräsident Söder, das Kreuz sei ein grundlegendes Symbol der kulturellen Identität christlich-abendländischer Prägung: „Das Kreuz ist nicht ein Zeichen einer Religion“. Man wird fragen dürfen, ob es dann das Zeichen vieler Religionen ist.

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Why ‘Judeo-Christian values’ are a dog-whistle myth peddled by the far right

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

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President Trump recently stated his support for ‘Judeo-Christian values’ … but what does that phrase really mean?
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M J C Warren, University of Sheffield

The phrase “Judeo-Christian” has been around since the 1930s but US President Donald Trump recently resurrected it in a deeply problematic speech on October 13, 2017 in which he said: “We are stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values … We’re saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again.”

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