|Buddhist "pueblos," not of Arizona, California, or New Mexico, but of Buddhist-India in the Himalayas, Tsemo Gompa (monastery) and Leh Palace, Ladakh (Skaman306/flickr.com)|
|We're here to enslave you, convert you, rape you and, oh, you may also get sick (AMN).|
|"Buddha Buzz: An Inglorious Columbus and a royal Buddhist wedding" (tricycle.com)|
|Racism? We're honoring you, "R-dskins"|
Despite Columbus' well documented reign of cruelty and violence, Columbus Day is still celebrated as a federal holiday in most parts of the United States. (Kudos to such places as South Dakota, which celebrates Native American Day instead, and Santa Cruz, California, which celebrates Indigenous People's Day).
|Can you believe those Football Peoples? (W)|
But did you know that there's a theory -- first proposed by French sinologist M. De Guignes in 1761 -- that argues that Chinese [and Afghan missionary] Buddhist monks may have been the first travelers from the Old World to the New, reaching Mexico in A.D. 499?
- Chinese Discover America (Hendon Harris)
- Does racism "honor" or offend Native Americans?
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|Buddhist robe, Taos|
At 800 pages, it might not work as that light before-bed reading you've been looking for, but just in case, it's available as a free e-book here. And for the faint-hearted among us, [ourselves] included, a summary is available here.
|Nomadic Siberian teepee (hamidsardar.com)|
|Giant Buddha of Bhutan (soultravelers3.com)|
Thom Hartmann, "Columbus Day Celebration? Think Again" (CommonDreams.org)
|Putting Natives to work as slaves in his gold mines, Columbus also sold sex slaves to his men -- some as young as 9. Columbus and his men also raided villages for sex and sport (ICTMN).|
|Tricycle: The Buddhist Review|
While Columbus once referred to the Taino Indians as cannibals, a story made up by Columbus -- which is to this day still taught in some US schools -- to help justify his slaughter and enslavement of these people. He wrote to the Spanish monarchs in 1493: "It is possible, with the name of the Holy Trinity, to sell all the slaves which it is possible to sell... Here there are so many of these slaves, and also brazilwood, that although they are living things they are as good as gold."
Columbus and his men also used the Native Taino as sex slaves: It was a common reward for Columbus' men for him to present them with local women to rape. As he began exporting Taino as slaves to other parts of the world, the sex-slave trade became an important part of the business, as Columbus wrote to a friend in 1500:
"A hundred castellanoes (Spanish coins) are as easily obtained for a woman as for a farm, and it is very general and there are plenty of dealers who go about looking for girls; those from nine to ten (years old) are now in demand [to sell to white child molesting rapists who think nothing of enslaving human beings, or to regard them as animals, or to have sex with animals from the shame they are taught by their Eurocentric Judeo-Christian upbringings and the perversion of anything Jesus ever taught]." More
I am feeling the need to un-occupy. To un-occupy would be to let go of possession[s], to let go of taking over, without knowing what such a mind/heart will lead us to. I am not saying to not protest -- we must. After all, it is money we all earned [that has been stolen from us by Wall Street bankers and the military-industrial complex]. But can we act differently than the money-handlers, to not take. If it were 'Un-occupy Wall Street' everyone would have to go.
And this is the over-arching question -- How can we un-occupy this land we have over-occupied? More