Friday, August 14, 2015

Everybody Has Got To Bitch About Something


If you are not a Hindu, THERE IS NO LEGITIMATE REASON YOU SHOULD BE WEARING OUR GODS AND GODDESSES OR OUR OM SYMBOL ON YOUR CLOTHES OR YOUR BODIES. OH AND YOUR “FOREHEAD JEWELS” ARE OUR BINDIS. MY RELIGION IS NOT YOUR FASHION ACCESSORY. STAY THE FUCK IN YOUR LANE
 
 
About bindis
Some people may not realize the real significance of bindis. They’re not just random dots on foreheads that are put there for purely aesthetic pleasure. Here’s why they’re not fashion accessories, but actual cultural and religious symbols (at least in my experience):
- They can tell what sort of Hindu you are.
- They can tell what god(s) you primarily worship.
- They tell what caste you are (sort of outdated but still relevant)
- They can indicate wealth and social status, or your place when it comes to people around you.
They can show if you’re a child, if you’ve come of age, if you’re newly married, if you’ve been married for a long time, if you’re a widow, if you’re a widower, if you’ve had a divorce, if you have children, etc.
- They can show if you’re celebrating a religious festival, and if so, which one, or which god it is in honor of.
- They can indicate information about your occupation, such as if you’re in a higher or lower position, or what your occupation is. This is sometimes related to wealth and caste.
- They can be either for casual or formal events, but they are never trivial; when an Indian puts on a bindi, there is almost always a good reason for it, depending on what they’re doing, but they’re never taken lightly.
- They can be beautiful when worn in the correct contexts. And in the correct contexts, they’re seen as necessary for completing an outfit.
- For some people, a bindi is as necessary as a wedding ring or even clothing might be to others. Some people feel naked without a bindi. Some people are seen as naked without a bindi.
- They come in different shapes, sizes, colors, materials, and numbers, and each is used differently depending on the situation and the people involved.
- They are seen by many as necessary for faith; the gods have touched them, have blessed them, are with them and/or they’re showing their respect for the gods.
So far this is what I’ve gathered in my experiences as an Indian. This is off the top of my head. Feel free to correct me if I’ve been mistaken, or to add your own experiences.
It angers and saddens me to see bindis so trivialized and used as fashion accessories, both by white people and other poc. It frustrates me because they don’t really seem to get how important bindis are, and how much they actually tell you about a person or group of people. Don’t mock our culture or erase the heritage and reasoning behind bindis.
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