Christianity in India
- I remember this from art history :) ... the Khajuraho group of monuments, medieval Hindu and Jain temples, known for their sculpture. Click to enlarge. See a photo gallery of the monuments here
I've been reading about the problems between Christians and Hindus in India. I'm interested because I have this backlog of info on India swirling around in my head .... stuff about Yogananda and Krishnamurti from when I was a teen, later stuff from Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha, MM Kaye novels, and later even stuff about Bede Griffiths, and the Jesuit swamis.
I don't really understand what's going on with the present violence, though I've read a few articles at America magazine's blog and at the Catholic Herald ...... they described the violence by Hndus against Christians, but did not go into great detail about the reasons for it. I looked around and didn't find much more, but for those who are interested, I did see a few things by Jesuits on Christian-Hindu relations. One is an article at Thinking Faith (the British Jesuits) - India: Religion in a Land of Contrasts. Another is a news story from a few days ago - Indian priests at Marquette talk of anti-Christian violence. The third is a 2003 article by a Jesuit who teaches theology at Vidyajyoti College of Theology, Delhi, in the National Catholic Reporter - Pruning pride and prejudice: Dialogue in India. I'm a little queasy about the whole missionary thing, but I think, from the little I've read, that what's wrong is more complicated than just a reaction against having an alien religion pushed - something to do with the poor and caste systems? Still, I'm too dense to really get it - maybe you'll have more luck.