Saturday, July 12, 2008

Shortage of Hindu priests: hindu women taking up the challenge...

Amid the noise and bustle of downtown Chicago, the groom rode a white horse, shaking to Indian drumbeats in procession to the Palmer House Hilton hotel.

Inside, the bride and groom took seats under thered mandap, or wedding canopy, and the priest began chanting in a high, melodic voice.

For some, the chants heard at the service last month sounded like a break from Hindu custom. Priests are traditionally men, but the presiding priest at this wedding was Shashi Tandon, a respected female elder in the Hindu community and the groom's grandmother.

Since emigrating from New Delhi in 1982, Tandon has presided over countless religious ceremonies for Hindu families in Chicago, Michigan, Wisconsin and elsewhere, filling a void that has emerged because of a shortage of Hindu priests. More...

See also: Church of England to allow women bishops...

And this: Some say that Obama is a Muslim, but others claim that he's a devotee of Hanuman, the monkey-god!!!

And this: Monkey god Hanuman now chairman of a business school!!!

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