(Original post by Christianlady)
Why then does Subhamoy Das, a Hindu by birth who has researched Hinduism, not mention her in this simple explanation about Hinduism, hmm?
"Hinduism believes that there is only one supreme Absolute called "Brahman". However, it does not advocate the worship of any one particular deity. The gods and goddesses of Hinduism amount to thousands or even millions, all representing the many aspects of Brahman. Therefore, this faith is characterized by the multiplicity of deities. The most fundamental of Hindu deities is the Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva - creator, preserver and destroyer respectively. Hindus also worship spirits, trees, animals and even planets. "
Is Subhamoy Das lying or hiding information?
Also, I dated a wonderful Hindu man, from India, before and he not once mentioned a queen in his beliefs. We talked about beliefs often and broke up after discovering that we follow different paths. He talked about Brahman a lot, and in the male gender, as well as Vishnu. His name is Vishal and he adored Vishnu.
Hinduism is a way of life, so the culture in India is heavily influenced by Hinduism. The caste system is also heavily influenced by Hinduism.
It's not funny when any group of belief does this evil and hurts girls and boys.
However, it's important to note that in the Jewish temple, Jewish synagogues, Christian churches, and Islamic masjids, sexual intercourse is not a part of religious activities, but rather is a private event between a husband and wife.
I researched a little about this goddess you are talking about... is this what the one you are referring to: Vellama or Yellamma?
(I boldened some)
"When she was a three, the red and white beads tied around her neck by the adults in her southern Indian village were a plaything for Hanamavva.
But they marked out her future; never allowed to be married, she was now ostensibly a "servant of God", a devadasi. Hanamavva had been dedicated to the Hindu goddess Vellamma, an ancient practice which once might have won her a future of comfort and respect, but now doomed her to a squalid life as a prostitute from the age of 13.
"I just wanted to kill myself – I planned to climb to the roof of the brothel and throw myself off but the thought of leaving my family destitute prevented me," she said. It was five years before she could escape, with her two young sons, and try to make a new life for herself. But even then she still had to fend off the constant –sometimes violent – sexual harrassment by men in her village.
But now Hanamavva has joined a growing grassroots movement in the Indian states where the illegal practice survives. Former devadasi who brave the stigma and social pressures to leave the way of life have formed self-help groups and are fighting to stop other children being dedicated to what is no longer a holy calling to the temples but a direct path into sexual exploitation.
Like Shobha, now 36, who joined a group and now visits devadasi women, offering support to those who want to leave and trying to convince families not to dedicate their children.
She runs awareness programmes at temples and fairs, trying to gather support in communities and lobbying district officials for help for devadasi old and young.
It is an uphill battle in some wretchedly poor provinces where selling a daughter under a divine mandate – often encouraged by the local priest
or a powerful villager with an eye on the girl for himself – might be the only way to feed the rest of a family.""
Peace and God bless you