JUNE 26/AUGUST 5, 2013
Hindu religious mark on the forehead
Even the Mother of God is given one, in the New Community Bible!
Mother Mary statue in tribal attire stirs row in Jharkhand
By Kelly Kislaya, TNN, June 19, 2013
The Mother Mary statue that sparked controversy in Jharkhand
RANCHI: The statue of Mother Mary wearing a red border sari and holding Jesus Christ in a way tribal women of Jharkhand hold their babies, by tying them to a white cloth, has been creating controversies in the city for the past few days. A procession was taken out by the Sarna society against this statue on Monday.
The statue was unveiled by Cardinal Telesphore P Toppo in a church at Singpur village in Dhurwa recently.
Dharmguru (priest) of Sarna society Bandhan Tigga said, “Anybody can wear a white sari with red border but making Mother Marry wear it seems to be a tactic to convert the Sarna tribals into Christianity. Mother Mary was a foreigner and showing her as a tribal woman is definitely not correct.”
The Sarnas worship Mother Nature or Maa Sarna. Tigga said the Christians are trying to establish Mother Mary as Maa Sarna to confuse the people of Sarna society. “Red border means a lot in Sarna dharm. Our women wear white sari with red border during auspicious times. If the idol of Mother Mary is shown in the getup of a tribal woman then 100 years from now people will think that Mother Mary was a tribal from Jharkhand,” he said.
Sarna society is demanding the removal of that particular statue. Tigga said, “We do not want any kind of conflict between the two communities. All we want is that either the statue should be removed or the attire should be changed so that Mother Mary doesn’t look like a tribal woman. If it is not done then we will intensify the protest.”
While talking to a section of media a week ago, Cardinal Telesphore P Toppo, (who is now in Rome) said the controversy is a result of politics.
“It is a policy of divide and rule. Elections are coming up and there are some people who are acting to get advantage. They want a conflict between Christians and non Christians,” he said.
The Cardinal also said they (tribal Christians) have equal rights on the sari with red border like the Sarna community.
He said, “Who are we to convert anybody to Christianity? L K Advani studied from a Christian missionary school but did he convert? Even Jairam Ramesh studied at St Xavier’s School Doranda but he did not convert.”
He added, “We are tribals by birth but we chose to convert. There is no difference between us and the Sarnas.”
The statue of the Virgin Mary commissioned by Cardinal Telesphore Toppo does not sport the Hindu “bindi“. Why was it omitted? Lay women theologians, nuns, priests, bishops, cardinals, the apostolic nuncio, and even the visiting Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith have worn the Hindu mark on their foreheads [see the list following the picture below]. The picture below is from page 2263 of the Hinduised New Community Bible [NCB]. The woman wears the Hindu mark, the bindi. Again, on pages 1557 and 1645 of the NCB, the biblical women are depicted with the bindi on their foreheads. In the case of page 1645, the woman is the Virgin Mary, fleeing to Egypt with St. Joseph [see the image on the following page]. Page 2263 portrays a bindi-sporting woman performing the Hindu arati which has been permitted in the Indian Rite of Mass, that permission having been fraudulently extracted from Rome by a coterie of Indian bishops.
There are three frontal illustrations of young women in the NCB, and each time the woman is given the ‘dot’.
I opine that the omission of the bindi on the Jharkhand statue was the result of a conscious and careful decision by the authorities of the Catholic Church. The tribal and dalit communities, unlike others, recognize the difference between Hinduisation [which to them is Brahminisation and so a return to social oppression] and Indianisation or genuine inculturation. The omission of the bindi thus ensured that the Jharkhand Catholic tribals would not protest against the icon of the Virgin. However the Catholic authorities unexpectedly encountered agitation against from the local Hindus for depicting Mary as a tribal in a sari.
BINDI OR TILAK MARK ON THE FOREHEAD-INDIAN OR HINDU?
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 01-PRIEST WEARS
FR DOMINIC D’ABREO
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 02-PRIEST WEARS
FR ROY MATHEW THOTTAM
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 03-PRIEST WEARS
FR CLEOPHAS DOMINIC FERNANDES
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 04-PRIEST WEARS
FR ANTONY KALLIATH
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 05-PRIEST WEARS
FR THOMAS D’SA
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 06-PRIEST WEARS
FR VALERIAN MENDONCA
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 07-NUN WEARS
SR HERMAN JOSEPH
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 08-BISHOP WEARS
BISHOP AGNELO GRACIAS
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 09-BISHOP WEARS
BISHOP HENRY D’SOUZA
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 10-BISHOP WEARS
BISHOP ALOYSIUS PAUL D’SOUZA
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 11-CARDINAL WEARS
CARDINAL IVAN DIAS
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 12-THE APOSTOLIC NUNCIO WEARS
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 13-THE POPE WEARS
JOHN PAUL II
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 14-WOMAN THEOLOGIAN WEARS
ASTRID LOBO GAJIWALA
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 15-WOMEN THEOLOGIANS WEAR
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 16-CARDINAL OSWALD GRACIAS
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 17-PREFECT OF THE CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 18-BHARATANATYAM-DANCING PRIESTS WEAR
On page 1645 of the New Community Bible [NCB], the woman wearing a sari and a bindi on her forehead is the Virgin Mary [the bindi on her forehead is not visible in this poor reproduction of the Flight into Egypt]
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 01-A CRITIQUE JULY 14, 2008
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 02-THE PAPAL SEMINARY, PUNE, INDIAN THEOLOGIANS, AND THE CATHOLIC ASHRAMS SEPTEMBER 2008/SEPTEMBER 2009/APRIL 2012
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 03-A FRENCH THEOLOGIAN DENOUNCES ERRORS IN THE COMMENTARIES FEBRUARY 24, 2009
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 04-THE ONGOING ROBBERY OF FAITH FEBRUARY 24, 2009
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 05-THE ANGEL GABRIEL DID NOT APPEAR TO THE VIRGIN MARY MARCH 15, 2009
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 06-PRESS REPORTS AND READERS’ CRITICISMS MARCH 22, 2009/DECEMBER 2009
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 07-UNPUBLISHED LETTERS AGAINST ITS ERRONEOUS COMMENTARIES-THE EXAMINER MAY 2009
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 08-LETTERS CALLING FOR ITS WITHDRAWAL DECEMBER 2008/DECEMBER 2009
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 09-LETTER TO THE CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH APRIL-MAY 2009
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 10-CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE SECULAR MEDIA, AND WITH PRIEST-CRITICS OF OUR CRUSADE AGAINST ITS ERRORS MAY 2009
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 11-VATICAN HELD RESPONSIBLE, BRAHMIN LEADERS DEMAND ITS WITHDRAWAL JUNE 25, 2009/DECEMBER 2009
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 12-LETTERS TO ROME JUNE 2009
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 13-RESPONSES FROM THE BISHOPS AND THEIR EXECUTIVE COMMISSIONS AUGUST 2009
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 14-UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX GREEK CATHOLIC BISHOPS CALL IT A NEW AGE BIBLE, “EXCOMMUNICATE” INDIAN BISHOPS
MARCH 2010/APRIL 2012
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 15-DEMAND FOR ORDINATION OF WOMEN PRIESTS-FR SUBHASH ANAND AND OTHERS
APRIL 2010/JULY 2010/APRIL 2012/17 MARCH/10 APRIL 2013
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 16-REVISED EDITION COMING, ST PAULS DETERMINED
JULY 2010/DECEMBER 2011
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 17-DERRICK D’COSTA’S CRITIQUE ON ORKUT
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 18-CONTROVERSIES
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 19-INDIAN CHURCH’S SYNCRETIZED BIBLE EXPORTED
7 MARCH/6/9/24/30 MAY/5 JUNE, 2013
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 20-EXTOLLED BY CAMALDOLI BENEDICTINE OBLATE
1/5/10 MAY 2013
Sarna members warn Church
By Kelly Kislaya, TNN, August 4, 2013
Members of the Sarna faith have decided to forcefully remove the statue depicting a ‘tribal’ Virgin Mary, which was unveiled in May this year at Singpur village in Dhurwa, 15km from the state capital, unless it’s attire is changed. Talks between church representatives and the Sarna faith have broken down and the Sarna elders have set August 24 as the deadline for their demand to be met. The statue shows a dark-complexioned Mary in a white saree with a red border, her hair in a bun and bangles around her wrists. She is carrying the infant Jesus on a sling, just as tribal women do.
Bandhan Tigga, dharmguru of Sarna society, said, “We have invited all the people of the Sarna religion from across the country to join us for a massive protest at Singpur on August 25. We are expecting lakhs of people, particularly from Odisha, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, will turn up to join our protest.”
The Sarna society is made up of 32 tribes including Oraon, Munda, Ho, Santhal and Kharia that worship Nature, especially trees.
“We have been organizing meetings at various places to inform the people about how the church is trying to confuse our people into believing that Mary was a tribal. I will be organizing another meeting on August 9 at Santhal Pargana about the same. A hundred years from now, people here would start believing that Mother Mary was actually our tribal goddess. It’s an attempt to convert Sarna tribals to Christianity. Mother Mary was a foreigner and showing her as a tribal woman is definitely not correct,” he said.
A meeting between the representatives of church and members of Sarna society was organized on July 22 in which the church rejected the demand of Sarna society. Tigga said, “We got only one reply: The church is not trying to convert any tribal and they would not remove the statue. We have no other option left but to remove the statue ourselves.”
TOI tried to contact Cardinal Telesphore Toppo, archbishop of Chhotanagpur, but he was not available for comment.
It is evident that the inculturation program of the Indian Church is not paying the Church any dividends.
The present report is one case where the inculturation is genuine, meaning that it is a case of Indianisation and not of Hinduisation or Brahminisation. There are no exclusively/uniquely Hindu elements in the icon.
It is my ardent hope and prayer that the activists of the majority religion of this country will shift their attention from the Sarna statue to the thousands of parishes and institutions in which Catholics have unapologetically adopted the symbols and rites of Hinduism in their art, liturgy and prayer. Some of the issues that they should take up are the use of the bindi, the arati, the “OM” symbol and mantra, Bharatanatyam dancing and yoga.
Hundreds of thousands of Indians have accepted the Gospel of Jesus Christ prior to the Church’s having become paganised by their incorporation into the Catholic Church. Very few have since then; on the contrary large numbers of scandalised Catholics have left the Church to join Pentecostal sects. Meanwhile, the remnant has fairly much regressed to being unrecognisable apart from the adherents of the majority faith.
Categories: Hinduisation of the Catholic Church in India
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