April 22nd, 2011, 11:40 AM
Originally Posted by ~tc~
Not quite what I thought you meant by "hooded"
If we have any "melanin enhanced" American members, they may not want to click the link.
Amazing how pretty normal symbols in one part of the world can be so bastardized and corrupted by other parts of the world. Hooded people are a somewhat common religious symbols. The swastika has been a symbol used by many Asian cultures since 2500 BC before the Third Reich appropriated it, and I saw numerous instances of as I toured area Vietnam a couple years ago (it's emblazoned on the giant Buddha in Hong Kong). When I was a child and visited the Philippines for the first time, I was initially taken back by the various flags that all said "KKK" on them, before it was explained to me that it had a very different meaning there ("Kataas-taasan, Kagalang-galangang Katipunan ng̃ mg̃á Anak ng̃ Bayan", or "Highest and Most Honorable Society of the Children of the Nation"; a revolutionary society that fought to free the Philippines from Spanish rule).
I'd like to think that people (not saying you, just as a generality) could look at these things that are still prevalent in other cultures and not immediately freak out based on what they mean back home. People were literally aghast that the giant Buddha had swastikas on it, not understanding the true history of the symbol and immediately labelling it as Nazi.
Different culture = different context.
Sorry, didn't mean to rant.
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Last edited by everythingsablur; April 22nd, 2011 at 11:45 AM.