“INCULTURATION” “ACCOMODATION” “CAPITULATION”
WEAR HINDU MARKS IN THE CENTER OF THEIR FOREHEADS
THIS MARK, CALLED “TILAK” IS OF RELIGIOUS SIGNIFICANCE TO HINDUS.
IT IS NEVER APPLIED BY MUSLIMS OR CHRISTIANS [ESPECIALLY PROTESTANTS].
MANY CATHOLIC WOMEN HOWEVER COMMONLY FLAUNT A STYLISED “BINDI”.
NOW THERE IS AN ALARMING TREND OF THE MARK’S INCREASING USE BY NUNS
AND BY CATHOLIC MEN – NOT AMONG THE LAITY,
BUT AMONG PRIESTS, BISHOPS, CARDINALS, EVEN THE APOSTOLIC NUNCIO AND THE ROMAN CURIA
Fr. Francis Barboza SVD. He eventually left the priesthood
Fr. Joachim Andrade SVD, the
Provincial of the Congregation of the Divine Word for the Southern Region of Brazil
Fr. Saju George Moolamthuvuthil SJ, Archdiocese of Madurai
A member of the “Kàlai Kàviri-ni” dance troupe, Diocese of Trichy
Mangalore: Bharatanatyam exponent Ester Noronha‘s Rangapravesham – Photo Album
Photo gallery – Nav Sadhana Kala Kendra, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Members of the “Nav Sadhana Kala Kendra” dance troupe, a tri-diocesan enterprise
Photo gallery – Nrityavani
A member, possibly a priest or seminarian, of the dance troupe of the National Biblical, Catechetical and Liturgical Centre [NBCLC]’s “Nrityavani” at St. Joseph’s Church, Tutzing, Germany
The NBCLC is an institution of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India
I have scoured the internet and my research library seeking information, any information which says that the bindi or tilak is a purely Indian cultural phenomenon. While I didn’t find a shred of evidence that says that, I found tons of evidence to the contrary. My findings are compiled in a separate article titled, “BINDI OR TILAK MARK ON THE FOREHEAD-INDIAN OR HINDU?”
Categories: Hinduisation of the Catholic Church in India