1. Reminder: Please use our affiliate links for holiday shopping!

Spanish Holy Week

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by angloasturian, Apr 22, 2011.

  1. angloasturian

    angloasturian Mu-43 Veteran

  2. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    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.
     
  3. everythingsablur

    everythingsablur Mu-43 Veteran

    412
    Aug 4, 2010
    Toronto, ON
    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.
     
    • Like Like x 3
  4. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    A scary symbol is always scary even if, intellectually, we know something else is meant by it. That one is very powerful to Americans.
     
  5. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    That's exactly the point. If you woke up one night to a burning cross in your front yard and a bunch of people dressed like that around it, threatening to kill you or your family merely for the color of your skin, you might have a different context too. (I should point out here that I'm as white as they come, and not speaking from personal experience) For those who maybe aren't familiar with some of the darker parts of American history, the group who dresses like this is called the KKK or Klu Klux Klan, you can research.

    I was surprised to see that the swastika was a buddhist/hindu symbol and used so frequently on my first trip to Korea, and then India more recently. I thought it was interesting the Nazis would appropriate that symbol, not that Korea and India were full of Nazis. Some of us Americans DO have at least some degree of world view.