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Re: Digest # 247/Indianization of our Church

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  • Mani P. Sam
    Dear Thomas, WE need to analyse and evaluate any statement or thought wrt to time.The missionaries came to India and worked may be some had total conviction
    Message 1 of 7 , Sep 1, 2001
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      Dear Thomas,
      WE need to analyse and evaluate any statement or thought wrt to
      time.The missionaries came to India and worked may be some had total
      conviction about what they did. I would not like to club all what is
      western as evil and all that is India as great and good. We had a
      civilisation which classified people based on one's birth. Caste
      system is a social stratification (and not division of labour and
      specialisation as claimed by its supporters becuase you cannot divide
      labour till the skills are at a mesuarable level i.e not before
      training) Do you think that is noble? Many a practices which evolved
      like Sati, Untouchability etc. cannot be held in high esteem.
      Music or mode of worship and the language of worship does not really
      determine Culture. Do you know that India is the second largest
      English speaking country in the world (may be first as of now) and It
      did help the country.Then how can we say that certain languages alone
      are Indian.

      Aramaic might have been in Use in Kerala much before the evolution of
      the India music systems. Moreover Kerala might be leading the worls
      in terms of people who can read and write aramaic. I too studied
      Aramaic as my second language in +2 (though I may not be able to read
      fluently at present). If you say that aramaic is alien then most of
      the systems in use in India are also alien.Violin is the major
      accompanying instrument in Carnatic music.Did anyone talk against it
      because of its foreign origin?

      Technology has brought the world together.Time and distance barriers
      have been briken, otherwise members of this group could not exchange
      communication so easily.

      What about the need for laity to understand what is being
      chanted.Even in India (outside Kerala) many of our members simply
      recite the prayers and songs without understanding. I do endorse your
      view that some of the songs and lyrics were even written by Poets
      like Vallathol.I feel that efforts shall be on to make our members
      understand what is being read. I find absolutely no difference
      between Malayalam or Aramaic service. And also do not consider them
      any way alien to India.

      Regards

      Mani P. Sam, Madras
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