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Priest receive the tilak

A syncretist Youth Convention in India

In the Regional Youth Convention in the Diocese of Ajmer, State of Rajasthan, India, which took place on October 2-5, 2022, we can notice several signs of religious syncretism.

Above, we see priests lining up to receive the Hindu tilak before entering the altar for the Mass. The tilak or tilaka is part of the Hindu ritual. It consists in the marking of a person's forehead with a fragrant paste as a welcome. It is a symbol of the three sacred fires, or the three Vedas, which represent the three powers of will, knowledge and action of the Hindu deity Shiva.

In the first row below, we see Bishop Oswald Joseph Lewis and two of his priests around a lamp that will be lit by a woman holding a candle. Although the lamp is surmounted by a cross, this custom of lighting a lamp on the Puja altar is also a Hindu ritual to signify the total surrender of oneself to its deities and the desire to burn away one's ego, second row.

In the third row, we see girls performing in the Youth Convention. They are dancing to the rhythm of the song Soja Zara, which narrates the love story between the Hindu deities Krishna and Radha, see fourth row.

It is not difficult to conclude that the dialogue between the Conciliar Church and Hinduism in India is quickly sliding into religious syncretism.

Religious Syncretism in India

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Posted January 8, 2023

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