Religion As Entertainment

For those, who are still struggling with getting emotionally free from religion, enjoying other people's religious behavior as a spectacle may be difficult.   But when being completely void of religious feelings, other people's religious expressions and rituals can be very entertaining.    Some religious behaviors are really hilarious.  

I experience churches, mosques and temples as museums.   Some of them contain excellent works of art.  Paintings, sculptures, artistic crafts, creative decoration and great architecture are fascinating when looked at only with the perception of their beauty.    Their artistic beauty can be appreciated as detached from any meaning and message only existing for those having the faith.    Pictures and statues are not less interesting to look at, when they happen to represent a mother with a child instead of something else.  
Sometimes there are even weird exhibits like mummies in glass coffins and bones in jars.

Religious rituals are often funny spectacles.   
Lourdes is amazing.   People travel long distances driven by their weird belief.  They buy plastic bottles in the form of a madonna with the lid in the form of a crown.  Then they queue to fill the bottle with water from a tap.
The Semana Santa in Seville is even better.  
A crowd is waiting outside a church at midnight.  The door opens.  First comes a band playing sinister sounding music.   Then comes a group of men dressed like Roman soldiers, followed by hooded men, barefoot, with expensive candles and carrying heavy wooden crosses.   Finally the float with the statue of the madonna is carried out, she is adorned with richly embroidered clothes and lots of flowers.   
Everybody shouts: Macarena, guapa, guapa!, until the idol is carried out of sight.    
In a warm night in spring, with no other light except lots of candles, this spectacle has its fascination. 

The day of Sant Antoni in Palma de Mallorca.
Two richly adorned priests, each holds a kind of a silver wand in his hand.   Between them stands a silver bucket filled with water.   Along the street comes a procession of goats, donkeys, dogs, some with costumes and hats, people carrying rabbits, and mice in cages, cats and chickens in baskets and even something looking like a mussel on a cushion.   The priests are engaged in a vivid conversation, while they routinely dip the wand in the water and distribute the drops over the passing creatures.   
That beats a day at the zoo.

This is a copy from my ERCP-blog

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Comment by Cane Kostovski on November 7, 2011 at 7:02pm
I'll just be a zoo animal. No, maybe a dirty farm animal. No, just a farm animal's waste. Shit, I mean shit. Oh, I think you are an ugly person. This coming from shit doesn't mean much, but there it is for all to see.
Comment by Maruli Marulaki on November 7, 2011 at 8:01am

I do not perceive this as a fight.  I consider feedback as a chance to clarify my own point of view to avoid being misunderstood by those, whose opinion I value. 

I restrict personal contact to those people, whom I appreciate and respect, whom I perceive as worthy to be treated with consideration, sincerety, benevolence.    I just avoid the others.    When I cannot avoid to interact with them, I treat them with detached politeness.  The same with people, whom I do not know.   

Those people, whom I do appreciate, will know.   Those people, for whom I have mockery, scorn and condescension, will not know it.   This way I give nobody a reason to hate me, to fight with me or to attack me.  


Comment by Cane Kostovski on November 7, 2011 at 2:24am
I wanted to reply what I thought of your last reply, but I thought that would just start a fight. And because I get the feeling I annoy you, I will step out of this conversation. I hope someday you will see the hate you are spreading with this idea.
Comment by Maruli Marulaki on November 6, 2011 at 8:12pm

Life is too short to waste my time with people, who annoy me.   I prefer to avoid them.   People with a religious faith just annoy me.  

I do not like to have animals around me.   But I enjoy going to the zoo and watch them. 

I do not like to have religious people around me.   But I enjoy going to religious spectacles and watch them.  

Comment by Cane Kostovski on November 6, 2011 at 8:05pm

Well said, though I disagree with your vanity. Religious zealots are people too. 

Sounds like you would agree with the idea that we should punish them for their "stupidity".

That seems like a very religious idea. Us against them. They hate us so why should we respect them?

If you ever want the "others" to join you, you must indoctrinate them, or eliminate them, right?

 What if there are no "others", only us? Then the us we disagree with become the "others" or those of us that need understanding?

Comment by Maruli Marulaki on November 6, 2011 at 7:54pm

Religious people are not the people I choose for personal contact.  I reserve sincerity to those people, whom I consider as suitable for personal contact.   For the others, I have only common politeness, which does not exclude to laugh and express any unfavorable opinion behind their back.  

I do not respect religious people.   I only respect people's general right to be spared disrespectful behavior.  

Comment by Cane Kostovski on November 6, 2011 at 7:44pm

So, Maruli, you laugh at them behind their backs?

Respect needs an adverb: sincere

Comment by Maruli Marulaki on November 6, 2011 at 7:28pm

I do not respect religion, but I respect other people's feelings.   Enjoying religious spectacles as entertainment does not justify laughing in their faces.  When I enter a church, I am the guest in other people's house and I behave accordingly.  Considering religious faith as a form of mental illness, I have compassion with the afflicted.  

Only when I am approached with the initiative to talk about religion, then I feel free to show mockery, hilarity and scorn.   


Comment by Cane Kostovski on November 6, 2011 at 6:40pm
Well, atheists who used to be religious would not take kindly to being laughed at for being "stupid". Laughing at the religious people as an entertainment, if it caught on, would alienate Atheists from all religious people and stigmatise our reputation even further. Why give them another reason to hate atheists. Our vanity causes us to laugh at them, and that could be the death of us. Would you accept information from a know-it-all with a happy smile?
Comment by Phil Smith on November 6, 2011 at 5:44am
As a suggestion,might I recommend a jolly sunday morning at a Church of England service. The "hole" of life is there in it's finest, all there to out do each other and thats just the clergy! Laugh! you will nearly pay your gas bill.

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