Mysteria Misc. Maxima: July 5th, 2013

Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet.

Photo by Tom Thai.

5 thoughts on “Mysteria Misc. Maxima: July 5th, 2013
  1. Thanks for the links as always. I also have a thing about the “monks” of Thailand and even Tibetan lamas with their malas on one wrist and a gold rolex on the other. Although the Louis Vuitton bag in that one monk’s possession is probably a cheap Chinese knock off. In Burma and Thailand the monks also revert to selling talismans and doing magic spells to make money, which is sad. I will praise Pope Frances for setting aside the gold throne, red carpet and fancy shoes. The Dalai Lama calls himself “just a monk” and lives pretty frugally even though he needs constant body guards in public to avoid assassination by the Chinese.
    And i loved the link to Effa Danelson’s 1925 writings which are as relevant today as they were in 1925, fighting for the separation of church and state (schools) and bravely back then pointing out the failures of Christianity as a state religion.

    1. I have a funny opinion about the Dalai Lama because he eats veal (no relation!). My initial understanding was that this was because it was a regional foodsource, but when I heard he requests it on trips abroad, I was kinda squicked out. (However, this could be hearsay–I heard it from a vegan!)

      For the record, I will totally revert to selling talismans and doing magic spells for money. Can’t vouch for their effectiveness, however. Caveat Emptor!

    2. Yea it kinda of freaked me out that he eats meat “for his health”. In Tibet they had to eat meat (usually butchered by Moslems or Christians) but in northern Indian where he lives now it is easy to be vegetarian. Buddhism in the Golden Triangle of Burma, Thailand and Cambodia (opium, guns, illegal and fake artifacts, sex trafficking) is a strange mix of Buddhism, Hinduism and Animism, so the people ask for such magickal services. I remember one video i posted of a monk blessing some phallic talismans for some bar dancers so they could “make more money”. Of course we cannot judge another culture not being part of it.

  2. Reblogged this on Blau Stern Schwarz Schlonge and commented:
    Here are Sarah’s links round-up for the week at her Invocatio blog. I especially liked the link to Buddhist Monks are having a Louis Vuittan Scandal, and the accompanying link to Monks Lose Relevance as Thailand Grows Richer. I have an older post here about Thai “monks”/magicians and the services they offer nowadays to make a living. Also be sure to read the exchanges between Sarah and myself on these subjects on her post. And I loved the link to The Evolution Inquisition – An Occultist’s Response to the Scopes Trial written by Effa Danelson in 1925 is very ballsy. You Go Girl!

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