Friday, July 15, 2011
A Religion of one’s Own: A Few Tips to Create Your own Religion
I don’t know Niko Alm. But I like what he did. He and his friends have offered the religion-tired world the possibilities to invent new religions for oneself.
‘How good and pleasant it could be before god and man to see the unification of the Africans’. I replace the word ‘Africans’ from Bob Marley’s famous song ‘Africa Unite’ with ‘Humans’.
The new religions could unite people all over the world because these new religions could be changed every other day. And these religions are celebratory in nature. So in street when you see each other you need not say ‘ram ram’ or ‘hello’ or ‘asalam alaikum’ and so on. You could do anything as you have a different religion.
You could jump like monkeys and thump your chests like little gorillas. You can raise your hat, you can do anything you want to greet the other person because you are not bound by your religion. Your religion that you have found out for yourself has freed you from all the clutches of dogmas.
Niko Alm is an Austrian driver. He and his friends belong to a group that they have helped to established called ‘Pastafarianism’. Pastafarians wear kitchen vessals as their headgear. In Austria, any headgear that is used for religious confessions could be allowed in the mug shot of a person that is used for any official purpose.
Niko Alm wore a kitchen sieve, got himself photographed and used the same picture to apply for his driving license. It took three years for him to get one and finally he had to provide a medical certificate to the authorities proving that he was mentally stable to drive.
This is reported by BBC and I got it from my artist friend Shantanu Lodh’s Facebook. You may also read this news in the following link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14135523 (I will not hyperlink it because it would distract you from my writing. So go, cut and paste).
We all know Rastafarianism. Rastafarians believe in the living God, the Ethiopian king Haile Selassi. Bob Marley is the biggest icon of the Rastas all over the world. Rastas are non violent people who live a life in trust, music, nature and marijuana. They play football too and they grow dread locks. It is rumoured that all these traits the Rastas got from the Indian indentured labourers, who must have been strong Shivites (Shiva Cult), who were taken to Caribbean islands for working in the sugar cane fields.
Pastafarianism is a mock religion that asks people to have either no religion or a new religion of their own. The allusion of pasta must be coming from its visual connection with the dreadlocks.
So I thought it is a good idea to have a religion for oneself everyday and it could help us to move away from all the dogmas. You can fool people immensely too because your name may sound Christian but on that day you may be a ‘Tavaist’ like me. Look at this picture.
Here you see I am wearing a non-stick pan. In Hindi it is called ‘Tava’. So it could be Tavaism for me on that day.
Or Pamperist on this day because I am wearing the headgear of Pamperism. Pamperists generally wear a headgear made out of the plastic cover of the Pampers diapers. Depending on the size of your head and your ego you can choose, small, medium, large, extra large. This could be done with different kinds of packing materials and each day you can have another religion.
Otherwise I would go for Frenchism or Underwearanism like this:
But a cynic like me Bookism might suit better:
Why don’t you try your own religions and free this world out of all wars that are waged on religious lines?