Two contrasting Christmas posts

27 Dec

But they are both very good in their different ways.

Marcellous has gone way back in Ghosts of Christmas Past, a really good post. I was interested in this:

D is opposed to Christmas.  It offends his communist past and secular present; he objects to its quasi-establishment of a religion which is foreign to him.  I try to tell him that Christianity was only grafted onto older festivals, and that it fulfills many of the functions of Chinese New Year (where family reunion is a very important element).  My account above shows this, at least by those elements of reunion which I have singled out.  D still objects that the Chinese tradition may have superstitious origins but is not theistically religious.  That is a tricky point for the drawing of even negative analogies because as far as I can gather the role of deities in Chinese religion/beliefs of the supernatural is quite different from the Western tradition.

M rates Chinese New Year and the Moon Festival more highly than Christmas, but he has nonetheless taken on Christmas to a considerable degree. He may be somewhat more spiritual than D, though he would never define such things. I know he was profoundly affected by the Dalai Lama when he attended his teaching at Bodh Gaya in 1999-2000 and spent the rest of his travels reading The Tibetan Book of the Dead in Chinese and English. All this has certainly shaped his attitudes since.

The other post is Arthur: Suffer the Little Children.


The snow just stopped. 😉 It appears too that Marcel was visitor #2,000 to New Lines at 11.25 am.

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One response to “Two contrasting Christmas posts

  1. arthurvandelay

    December 27, 2007 at 1:13 pm

    Sorry if I came across as painting with a broad brush in that post, but there are so many things that anger me about that story. Not the least being the fact that religious indoctrination is mandatory in public schools over there, with the result being that students can be excluded from classroom activities for reasons that, as far as I’m concerned, have absolutely nothing to do with education.

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