Time for more literacy on Hinduism.
Hindu nationalists claim that Islam is a “violent” religion. But many of the gods worshipped by Hindus are depicted in Hindu scriptures and iconography as being literally bloodthirsty.
One such idol is the goddess Kali. Traditional depictions of Kali show her with bloody fangs, a snake-like tongue, dripping with the blood of people she has killed and eaten. These Hindu depictions also have her wearing a necklace made of decapitated human heads, also dripping with blood and pus.
The Ancient History Encyclopedia writes:
“Kali’s most common pose in paintings is in her most fearsome guise as the slayer of demons, where she stands or dances with one foot on a collapsed Shiva [another Hindu god] and holds a severed head. She wears a skirt of severed human arms, a necklace of decapitated heads, and earrings of dead children, and she often has a terrifying expression with a lolling tongue which drips blood.”
One Hindu sect, the Aghoris, even to this day give “sexual satisfaction” to goddess Kali by having intercourse with rotten human corpses. They believe that this act actually purifies them before the goddess.
Now, don’t misunderstand. Less traditional Hindus (reformist and modernist Hindus) don’t do any of these acts, though they still revere and worship the baby-skull-wearing goddess.
Reformist Hindus have sanitized Kali from these traditional Hindu roots and turned her into a feminist icon. A goddess who decapitates men, drinks blood, and demands necrophilia is apparently a feminist role model for some Hindus.
One example is popular Hindu motivational speaker Sadhguru who tells his millions of cow-worshipping followers that Kali can become a “living reality for you.” What does he mean by this exactly?
Notice in Sadghuru’s facebook post, the featured image blurs the decapitation and blood in the original Kali iconography. He has to literally censor Hinduism in order to sell it to his followers.
“Kali is a very fierce form. You need a different kind of skill to manage a woman like that! In many ways, she is very easily approachable compared to other forms, but at the same time, very, very fierce. When you invite someone very fierce, if you do not know how to manage them, they may eat you up!”
So the flesh-eating goddess is a “fierce woman” who needs to be “managed” according to this popular social media guru. She may “eat you,” quite literally. This is how traditional Hinduism is watered down and sanitized for the modernized masses, who may not realize they are worshipping the goddess of cannibalism and necrophilia.
I’m sure many Hindus would denounce these violent and indeed horrifying aspects of authentic Hinduism if they knew about them. But unfortunately there are orthodox Hindus who bring this violence into their fascistic Indian nationalism. This has resulted in many crimes against the Indian Muslim minorities throughout India and Kashmir.