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Culture and religion


Q: Archbishop J, is incorporating Hindu elements into the liturgy syncretism?

The simple answer is, it depends on which elements and how they are incorporated.

In the Caribbean, Hinduism is a religion; in India, it is a prevailing ancient culture. There is a big difference. In every culture, forms of hospitality and greeting vary. In the West, a handshake or a kiss on the cheek is a typical greeting; in Japan, it is a bow; in Trinidad, it could be a bounce or an extended handshake with five or more movements. Cultural practice communicates a message to those of the culture. It could convey something very different to those outside the culture.

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