Thursday, December 2, 2010

Divine Dispatches: a Religion Roundup

Riazat Butt (The Guardian)
Don't take away our yoga! Or our Xmas presents! (James Wilson/Flickr)

Hinduism attempts to reclaim yoga, the omnipresent Rajan Zed, and putting the "Christ" in Christmas.

Someone on the [Divine Dispatches] thread last week wanted to know why I never wrote about Hindus. After some pondering and discussion, one of the main reasons is that People of the Book are a fantastically noisy, attention-seeking bunch of folks who convey a sense of entitlement that overwhelms others.

The Hindu American Foundation wants people to be more aware of yoga's debt to Hindu tradition, that's all (Strdel/AFP/Getty Images).

I don't know that Hindus -- or Buddhists, Sikhs, Baha'is, Rastafarians, Zoroastrians -- are not also any of these things. But they certainly have a lower profile than POTB. I can see a T-shirt already: "Feel Manic? You're Abrahamic!" Welcome to Divine Dispatches, an extended edition -- because you're worth it.

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