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In Texas, young Hindus want to Americanize ancient faith
CNN.com ^ | 10 July 2011 | Dan Gilgoff

Posted on 07/20/2011 10:06:49 PM PDT by Cronos

In many ways, 29-year-old Rishi Bhutada is a traditional Hindu, not so different from his Indian-born parents.

An officer at his dad’s pipefitting company, Texas-born Bhutada had an arranged marriage in India three years ago and then brought his wife back to his hometown, where they recently welcomed a son.

Bhutada is a strict vegetarian and avoids alcohol, as do many observant Hindus.

And the dashboard of his Toyota Prius is adorned with a small metal statue of Ganesh, an elephant-headed Hindu god known as the remover of obstacles. Bhutada prays to it each morning before leaving his driveway.

And yet Bhutada is a different kind of Hindu than his mom and dad.

His parents were part of a major wave of Indians who arrived in the U.S. in the 1960s and ’70s and focused their religious lives on building a community of believers and temples around Houston, which was then a Hindu wilderness.

Bhutada, by contrast, wants his religion to step out from that now-well-established Hindu hive to engage the broader culture.

(Excerpt) Read more at religion.blogs.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Current Events; Eastern Religions; Worship
KEYWORDS: hindu
Long, interesting article
1 posted on 07/20/2011 10:06:54 PM PDT by Cronos
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To: Cronos

You would be amazed at the number of Buddhist temples in rural Texas


2 posted on 07/20/2011 10:09:59 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: Cronos

>>Texas-born Bhutada had an arranged marriage in India three years ago and then brought his wife back to his hometown.<<

So, was she hot? Or at least decent...? many Indian women are beautiful.

I guess there is some more stuff in the article but I lost interest...


3 posted on 07/20/2011 10:12:18 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: Cronos
Hard Rocking Texas ZZ Ganesh?


4 posted on 07/20/2011 10:16:27 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.p)
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To: FormerACLUmember

“Mr. Simpson! Quit trying to feed my god a peanut!!”


5 posted on 07/20/2011 10:19:59 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: Cronos

If they want respect, they’d better start shooting people and blowing things up.

Then the libs won’t be able to do enough for them.


6 posted on 07/20/2011 10:21:30 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: little jeremiah

Ping, in case this might interest you, LJ.


7 posted on 07/20/2011 10:21:34 PM PDT by annie laurie (All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost)
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To: freedumb2003

One of my best buds in high school was Punjabi. He actually had an arranged marriage with another family from New Delhi. When we asked what was the exchange from the each side, he said “15 goats, 6 sheep, (I think 9) cows and 5 monkeys”.

We scratched our heads about the monkeys, then he explained they worship the monkeys supposedly and is deified. Punjabis aren’t as anal religiously as the Sikhs but one thing we hated was the strong stench of curry. It was pouring out of his clothes..


8 posted on 07/20/2011 10:23:36 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: FormerACLUmember

That’s pretty cool! They don’t seem to have the same Mooselimb “draw a picture of Mohammed and I KEEL you” mentality.


9 posted on 07/20/2011 10:23:52 PM PDT by Cronos ( W Szczebrzeszynie chrzaszcz brzmi w trzcinie I Szczebrzeszyn z tego slynie.)
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To: freedumb2003
I'm guessing you're talking about

or

10 posted on 07/20/2011 10:35:41 PM PDT by Cronos ( W Szczebrzeszynie chrzaszcz brzmi w trzcinie I Szczebrzeszyn z tego slynie.)
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To: max americana
one thing we hated was the strong stench of curry.

Smells like food to me. Same thing with kim-chee.

I'm Texas bred and borne, but I have to agree that Americans today can be provencial about their food tastes. You know, the german, french, russian, mexican, nordic, and Lutheran foods that Americans eat.

We don't have a cultural food (except knock-off boxed crap that is based on other cultures).

Our culture is too young. And all food preferences are passed on culturally.

My 2 cents worth about food preferences as a former food professional. ;)

/johnny

11 posted on 07/20/2011 10:36:08 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Cronos
I'd rather have a Hindi than a moslem as a neighbor.

/johnny

12 posted on 07/20/2011 10:37:25 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Cronos

Gee, maybe I’m ageing myself, but gosh do I miss in school~~~~(and I’m thinking of California}~~~~~that we had “Christmas Break” and actually sang Christmas carol’s in schools~~
Now we have to consider Hindu and for that matter Islam~~~boy, do I miss the “Christian” country I grew up in~~~


13 posted on 07/20/2011 10:40:17 PM PDT by Isabel2010
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To: Cronos

“Ganesh, an elephant-headed Hindu god known as the remover of obstacles.”

A God of prosperity.

Worshippers of Ganesh make for natural Republicans!


14 posted on 07/20/2011 10:51:07 PM PDT by WOSG (Cut the spending!)
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To: annie laurie

Thanks, will read it tomorrow!


15 posted on 07/20/2011 10:52:54 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: Cronos

Oh.my.goodness.
She is stunning.


16 posted on 07/20/2011 11:22:48 PM PDT by dadgum (Overjoyed to be a Pariah)
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To: max americana
Punjabis aren’t as anal religiously as the Sikhs but one thing we hated was the strong stench of curry. It was pouring out of his clothes..

I can't believe you wrote this. Did you have to take the hayseed out of your teeth first, or did you just chomp down and type away? Yer jest a reel freekin' ambassadeeer-type, ain'tcha?

17 posted on 07/20/2011 11:29:40 PM PDT by Talisker (History will show the Illuminati won the ultimate Darwin Award.)
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To: Talisker

LOL, I knew another ignoramus Freeper would rear his ugly head within the week. Looks like I found one...lucky me.


18 posted on 07/20/2011 11:39:28 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: Cronos

The first pic didn’t resolve, but the second... LORD HAVE MERCY!

IIRC, the “Most Beautiful Woman In the World” a few years ago was Indian.

And I worked with an absolutely captivating Indian lady for a distracting year or so...

I can only say that it is a good thing I married the most beautiful woman in the world, else these lovely ladies would send my eyes askance.

Mrs. FD shames all these women, trust me :) Seriously, Mrs. FD has an hourglass figure that women 1/2 her age would kill for. The fact she works out 20+ hours a week between solid exercise and dance probably helps that...

(I am still working on a “look only license” with the Mrs. but I think it is conditional only...)

:)


19 posted on 07/20/2011 11:47:08 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: freedumb2003

"B...bu.buu...bbuu..but you SAID I could look!"

"Not if you had to climb a tree to do it!"

20 posted on 07/21/2011 12:24:40 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Made in America, by proud American citizens, in 1946.)
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To: freedumb2003; Cronos
"The first pic didn't resolve..."

Here you go:


21 posted on 07/21/2011 12:27:19 AM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: Cronos

I have no objection. In fact I’ll invite them over for some grilled burgers and we’ll talk about it.


22 posted on 07/21/2011 12:28:12 AM PDT by BigCinBigD
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To: James C. Bennett

Thanks and... Wow.

But Mrs. FD is still hotter.

Just in a different way

;)


23 posted on 07/21/2011 12:29:27 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: JRandomFreeper

>> And all food preferences are passed on culturally.<<

Wait — we have hot chicks AND food?

Add beer and we have confirmation that God does indeed want us to be happy.


24 posted on 07/21/2011 12:32:35 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: Talisker

Nothing about Hindu’s - but is it okay if I hate the stench of garlic from the liberals in Seattle? (Oddly, lived in NJ for a long time and never noticed it with my Italian friends?)


25 posted on 07/21/2011 12:35:01 AM PDT by 21twelve (Obama Recreating the New Deal: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts)
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To: JRandomFreeper

minor spellcheck quibble — the meta-religion is “hindU”, and one of the two national languages (the other being English) of India is “hindI”...


26 posted on 07/21/2011 12:44:19 AM PDT by Cronos ( W Szczebrzeszynie chrzaszcz brzmi w trzcinie I Szczebrzeszyn z tego slynie.)
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To: Isabel2010
Islam -- no. But if you have to consider Jewish, Hindu holidays as well as Christian -- you get more holidays!
27 posted on 07/21/2011 12:45:06 AM PDT by Cronos ( W Szczebrzeszynie chrzaszcz brzmi w trzcinie I Szczebrzeszyn z tego slynie.)
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To: dadgum

which one? The first is from southern india, the second is from eastern india.


28 posted on 07/21/2011 12:45:49 AM PDT by Cronos ( W Szczebrzeszynie chrzaszcz brzmi w trzcinie I Szczebrzeszyn z tego slynie.)
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To: freedumb2003
But Mrs. FD is still hotter.
Just in a different way

*snicker*......
...does she (Mrs. FD) always look
over your shoulder while your on FR?....
she does now!


29 posted on 07/21/2011 12:53:00 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (You do not have to smear (Pharaoh / Imam / DumboEars) Obama w/ lies....the truth does a fine job. :)
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To: Cronos

I don’t care if it’s slick or slipperish
Long as I have my plastic Ganish
Glued upon the dashboard of my car
I can avoid falling rocks and boulders
With the smell of my curry odor
And the good fortune of Ganish in my car


30 posted on 07/21/2011 5:03:06 AM PDT by Redmen4ever
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To: sinanju

There was an editorial by an Indian police chief about how we are allies in the War on Terror, and how Indians can profess the war is not justified by the Crusades, since India has fought Jihad and lost millions over the centuries. Being Hindu / pagan, they were fair game for looting, slavery and rape by Muslims.


31 posted on 07/21/2011 5:07:56 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: freedumb2003
I think the woman you're talking about is Aishwarya Rai. She's so gorgeous:



For the ladies, her husband also happens to make for some fantastic eye candy.
32 posted on 07/21/2011 12:38:21 PM PDT by NikkiB
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To: mylife

***You would be amazed at the number of Buddhist temples in rural Texas***

There is a Buddhist temple and a rural Hindu temple here in NW Arkansas.

Never thought I would see the day...


33 posted on 07/21/2011 4:58:38 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name. See my home page, if you dare! NEW PHOTOS!)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
There is a Buddhist temple and a rural Hindu temple here in NW Arkansas.

Always banging on tambourines, wanging gongs and singing like 25 cats in a burlap sack!

34 posted on 07/21/2011 5:02:35 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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