Gary in India

Gary, a Perkins School of Theology graduate student, traveled to India in January 2011 with other SMU students as part of the Global Theological Education Program. During their course “The Bible in Global Context: Reading the Bible Through Indian Eyes,” the students visited Christians, who are a minority population in India, as well as places of worship, temples and museums.

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Aryan invaders

Gary6.jpg Srirangan Hindu temple, Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu, India. 3000 years ago the Aryan invaders from what is now Turkey introduced Brahmanic Hinduism, the caste system, and horses to India.

The horse statues in this temple are evidence the Aryan influence extended here, quite far into the south. The caste system leads to the oppression of the untouchables, the Dalits.

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