Black as Evil

Swaminathan Madhuresan smadhuresan at YAHOO.COM
Wed Nov 29 08:51:19 EST 2000


Kendra Crossen Burroughs writes:
>the great mystery that color prejudice appears to be virtually universal.
> [...] And this is a time when the clash of opposites in
>duality--"black and white"--reach their height, prophesied in several
>traditions to culminate in a colossal war between good and evil.

This supposedly "universal" myth that opposites in duality
- Black and White that is easily mapped onto Evil and Good
respectively in a unidirectional way, is pure *fiction*.
Generated in fuzzy religious discourses by New Age tantrics.

And, as you know, Lord Krishna is black, see his name
kRSNa = black in Sanskrut. His Blueness is euphemism.

In ancient India, white is the color of mourning, and
worn by widows. OTOH, Black is worshipped: Dravidian
has nalla- meaning both "good" and "black".

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Ven. Tantra writes:

> Re. Black as Evil

> Swaminathan:

> <<. . .it is something almost archetypal that isn't
> going away any time soon, no matter how thoroughly it
> is explained.>>

> An archetypal disease. Like herpes then?

 Clarification: This sentence on anti-semitism is not
 written by me.

Regards,
SM









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