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Hindu Goddess Swimsuit Sparks Outrage
The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10 May 2011 | Margherita Stancati

Posted on 05/10/2011 3:09:24 AM PDT by Cronos

Designer and model Lisa Burke presented the swimsuit as part of the latest collection of her Lisa Blue label at Australian Fashion Week Thursday.

But when pictures of an Indian-looking model wearing a one-piece swimsuit with a portrait of Lakshmi printed on its front and rear made their way to India, Hindu nationalists didn’t like what they saw.

Over the weekend, they took to the streets in several Indian cities, including Hyderabad where pictures show activists burning the Australian flag in protest against what they viewed as an act of deep disrespect.

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Current Events; Other non-Christian
KEYWORDS: australia; hindu; india
Talk about faux-pas!
1 posted on 05/10/2011 3:09:29 AM PDT by Cronos
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To: Cronos
activists burning the Australian flag

Do flag dealers have comprehensive retail outlets in your flag-burning type of countries, or are the locals hand-stitching them from household fabric remnants, a la Betsy Ross? And who has the time?

I could probably pick the Australian flag out of a small multiple-choice selection, assuming it has some British elements, but I couldn't just run one up on the Singer machine in time to protest Outrage X from Australia before Outrage Y from Finland occurs.

2 posted on 05/10/2011 3:33:40 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Obama's "Gutsy Decision": Who's gonna tell the fool that he ain't cool?)
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To: Tax-chick

Flag burning is a good way to make money methings ;-p


3 posted on 05/10/2011 3:55:37 AM PDT by Cronos (Libspeak: "Yes there is proof. And no, for the sake of privacy I am not posting it here.")
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To: Tax-chick

The suit in question -- you would think that the designer would have some intellig.. oh, wait...

4 posted on 05/10/2011 3:57:04 AM PDT by Cronos (Libspeak: "Yes there is proof. And no, for the sake of privacy I am not posting it here.")
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To: Cronos
WWJSay....possibly...


5 posted on 05/10/2011 4:09:43 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: Tainan

heh! Though of course the difference can be if we Christians make fun of ourselves as opposed to say a Moslem or Hindu doing that, which is probably what’s ticking these guys off


6 posted on 05/10/2011 4:12:13 AM PDT by Cronos (Libspeak: "Yes there is proof. And no, for the sake of privacy I am not posting it here.")
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To: Cronos
I find that all men who may tend to be racist or religiously fanatic are quite... amicable... to sexy females of other race or religion.

It is just a thing.

7 posted on 05/10/2011 4:38:06 AM PDT by mmercier (we do compromise)
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To: Cronos
(considering the swimsuit picture above)

"Um..urm..whu..what was the question again, Alex?"

8 posted on 05/10/2011 4:41:56 AM PDT by Jonah Hex ("To Serve Manatee" is a cookbook!)
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To: Cronos

She is HAWT!!


9 posted on 05/10/2011 4:44:22 AM PDT by 2harddrive
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To: Cronos

Please, not ANOTHER religion of perpetual outrage.


10 posted on 05/10/2011 4:47:06 AM PDT by Flintlock
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To: Cronos

Laz would hit that goddess!


11 posted on 05/10/2011 5:21:37 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: Cronos; Lazamataz

I’m thinking Laz would hit that like the Destroyer of Worlds.


12 posted on 05/10/2011 5:23:19 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Cronos

Ahhh, shoot! There goes my idea for men’s swim trunks with the god Ganesh printed on them.


13 posted on 05/10/2011 5:27:12 AM PDT by ozark hilljilly (It's not so much where, but to whom.)
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To: Cronos

To be fair, we need a Mohammed bikini. That would be the bomb....


14 posted on 05/10/2011 5:36:22 AM PDT by Jack of all Trades (Hold your face to the light, even though for the moment you do not see.)
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To: Cronos

Could this “outrage” come from years being under the rule of Muslims?

At one time, before the British took over, the Indians were under Muslim rule and a lot of the Muslim practices must have been “copied”.


15 posted on 05/10/2011 5:41:43 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: ozark hilljilly

I think that’s already been done with bodypaint....


16 posted on 05/10/2011 5:46:36 AM PDT by Cronos (Libspeak: "Yes there is proof. And no, for the sake of privacy I am not posting it here.")
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To: Cronos

That’s a nice early morning wakeup!


17 posted on 05/10/2011 5:48:54 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: GonzoGOP

Yeah, but what beautiful young woman would want to “hit” Laz is the real question.


18 posted on 05/10/2011 5:50:04 AM PDT by wolficatZ (Somebody once wrote "Revenge is a dish that has to be eaten cold".)
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To: Cronos

Considering the decor of Hindu temples, I can’t see the problem with this portrayal of female deity. Maybe they just don’t approve of women’s going swimming, and would have the same flipout over any bathing suit.


19 posted on 05/10/2011 6:11:04 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Obama's "Gutsy Decision": Who's gonna tell the fool that he ain't cool?)
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To: Cronos

Meanwhile, if some designer were to put a pic of Jesus or the Virgin Mary on a swimsuit, Christians would be expected to take it in stride.


20 posted on 05/10/2011 6:13:45 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 ("It is only when we've lost everything, that we are free to do anything" -- Fight Club)
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To: PapaBear3625

Well, in fairness, in India they would not allow that.


21 posted on 05/10/2011 6:16:02 AM PDT by Cronos (Libspeak: "Yes there is proof. And no, for the sake of privacy I am not posting it here.")
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To: Tainan

“Well done, thou good and faithful servant”?


22 posted on 05/10/2011 6:22:54 AM PDT by I-ambush (I didn't think, I never dreamed, that I would be around to see it all come true-McCartney and Wings)
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To: Tax-chick

I think it’s refreshing to see the outraged masses burning some other country’s flags for a change. They’re really stepping out of their comfort zones!

Which leads me to a great idea - or at least an idea... I think that we should have the CIA start creating blasphemous and outragous events all over the mideast and other stink holes of the world. However, they would all be attributed to another country, which would eventually take USA’s place as the great satan. It would be a lot of fun! Perhaps we could set up France? Canada? The duchy of Grand Fenwick? :)


23 posted on 05/10/2011 6:49:44 AM PDT by Fletcher J
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To: Fletcher J

Pretty smart idea! Maybe they could scatter it randomly around the globe, or pick some country like Paraguay that nobody can even find on a map anyway ... or Yugoslavia, which most people probably don’t know has disappeared ;-).


24 posted on 05/10/2011 7:02:28 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Obama's "Gutsy Decision": Who's gonna tell the fool that he ain't cool?)
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To: Fletcher J
Perhaps we could set up France? Canada? The duchy of Grand Fenwick?

Oh go for the big payoff, and set up China. Heck they are going to be taking over from us in the Middle East, so we might as well ensure that they get a warm welcome. Heck pointing out to the Middle East types that all of the music, movies, revealing clothing, computers, and such have MADE IN CHINA stamped all over them.
25 posted on 05/10/2011 8:37:46 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: wolficatZ; GonzoGOP; Lazmataz
Yeah, but what beautiful young woman would want to “hit” Laz is the real question.


26 posted on 05/10/2011 9:21:41 AM PDT by Alex Murphy (Posting news feeds, making eyes bleed: he's hated on seven continents)
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To: Tax-chick; GonzoGOP

All of those are excellent choices! Although I suppose setting up China as the next Great Satan *would* produce the biggest payback for the US, as GonzoGOP suggests.

China has been working to spread influence around the world while we’re occupied with Al Qaida in Iraq and Afghanistan, so they could use a distraction these days.

My opening gambit would be to distribute Muhommad urinal cakes all over the middle east, with large “Made in China” stickers on them... lol


27 posted on 05/10/2011 10:35:21 AM PDT by Fletcher J
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To: Cronos

The designer should have said it was a tribute to Jimi Hendrix’s second album.


28 posted on 05/10/2011 10:36:41 AM PDT by discostu (Come on Punky, get Funky)
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To: Cronos

I need to see that and a few more photos in order to determine my correct level of outrage.


29 posted on 05/10/2011 10:43:22 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Cronos
Wikipedia:

The Hindu Sacred Texts Vedas call Mahalakshmi as Lakshyayidhi Lakshmihi which means she is the one who has the object and aim of uplifting mankind.

30 posted on 05/10/2011 10:46:18 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

hehe.


31 posted on 05/10/2011 10:49:52 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Pan_Yan

hehe.


32 posted on 05/10/2011 10:49:58 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Cronos

no, they are insulting a religious image.

The real scandal is that we Christians put up with our feces decorated or bikini clad madonnas and crucifixes in urine.


33 posted on 05/10/2011 9:03:18 PM PDT by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
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To: Cronos
Hindu goddess of wealth, prosperity and fertility; embodiment of beauty, grace and charm.

And it's a nice, modest one-piece. Apart from the paganism, I like it.

Compare to this statue:


34 posted on 05/12/2011 8:47:57 AM PDT by dangus
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http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_Zj1Z5-m9mw/TcVaOiq5KOI/AAAAAAAAGug/Q3hozUc0K88/s1600/Lakshmi+on+Bikni.jpg


35 posted on 05/28/2011 7:27:06 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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