theracismrepellent

piwiboy asked:

What do you mean cultures aren't meant to be shared? Cultures aren't meant to do anything. Culture develops around a populations reaction to their environment. The only reason cultures differ is circumstance. The best way to put our heads above racism is to view all humans on a level playing field. We have satellites and the internet; we're communicating on a global scale; why should we continue to compartmentalize people rather than adopt a global culture that represents humanity as a whole?

theracismrepellent answered:

Who in the world would wants to just drop their culture to adapt some ‘humanity’ culture. 

Cultures are significant to the people that they belong to. There is no need to create a globalized culture like wtf.

Also we aren’t all on the same playing field.

There’s systematic oppression and racism that keeps white people at the top.

-meg

Who said to drop their own culture? Adopting and borrowing the culture of others has been happening for thousands of years and will keep on happening. You are trying to stop a global force that you will never be able to control (or understand apparently) by sitting on your computer and going on tumblr. Accept reality. Culture is not “meant to be shared” it IS shared.

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fuckyeahsouthasia:

 Photographer Shoots Straight People To Show There Is Nothing Weird About Homosexuality

Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code makes homosexuality illegal. It criminalizes sexual activities which are ‘against the order of nature’.

But what is so unnatural about having lovers of the same sex?

When a guy and a girl are involved in everyday activities, it doesn’t seem weird. Because apparently it is not ‘against the order of nature.’

In these photographs, the participants are straight. But when they are involved in intimate everyday activity, why does it suddenly seem so repulsive to some people?

The concept of this project is that gender is not related to intimacy or lust. Emotions exist in their purest form without gender or sex.

Sexuality or physicality merely gives emotions a form. It has nothing to do with sexual orientation or preference.

'The photographs depict souls belonging to bodies, not to any orientation.'
These photographs were taken by Aritra Sarkar and exhibited at FTII, Pune. All photographs were taken in absolute minimum lighting conditions using a 600D without any post production. You can check out the complete blog here.

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ancientart:

The Bhaja Caves of Maharashtra, India.

Bhaja contains about 29 rock-cut caves, which date back to the 2nd century BCE, and is described by the Archaeological Survey of India to be “one of the important Buddhist centres of Hinayana faith in Maharashtra.” 

A prominent features of Bhaja is Cave 12, a chaitya-griha, pictured in the final photo, which is considered one of the earliest of its kind. The stupa at the back of the large apsidal hall was used for worship. Cave 20 contains a group of stupas, which were built in memory of deceased monks, and probably once contained their relics.

Cave 18 was a monastery, and its verandah contains two famous sculpted reliefs. One of these (pictured in the 2nd photo) is located to the left of the door. This artwork depicts a person riding an elephant (thought by some to be Indra) who carries an ankusa (elephant goad), with attendants aside the figure, carrying a banner. The second relief shows a royal personage aside two women. The royal figure (who some identify as Sun god Surya), rides a chariot driven by four horses, and appears to be trampling a demon-like figure.

Photos courtesy of & taken by Himanshu Sarpotdar. The write-up of the site done by the Archaeological Survey of India was of great reference to me when writing this post.

Is this not called the Ajanta Caves? Great place to go if you are in Maharashtra!

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Segiriya - Lions Rock

Sigiriya is a very beautiful fortress built in the 4th century AD by King Kasyapa and houses a palace on top of a giant rock. The most famous aspect of this fortress are the paintings located halfway up the ascent depicting beautiful women holding flowers. These paintings have mesmerized visitors of the palace for more than 1000 years as evidenced by many poems written in the walls.

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Jaffna

After Anuradhapura, we went straight north to Jaffna, where we took a dip in the Park Straight, Visited the northernmost point in Sri Lanka, and visited the famous Kadurugoda Vihara. As you can see from the bottom two pictures, there are about 18 mini Stupas all bunched up together. When the Archeological Department began excavating, they found statues of the Buddha all around and assumed it was a temple. Looking around, however, made me a bit confused on why they would have all these mini Stupas.