Thursday February 20, 2020

Otomi Temple Destroyed in Hidalgo State, Mexico: Is Hinduism Under Threat?

Hindu Otomi temple destroyed in Mexico, community is upset over vandalism

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  • A religious Otomi temple has been destroyed in a religious site extending into the forest in Hidalgo State, Mexico
  • The assailants identified themselves as Jehova’s Witnesses and said they did it because the altars appeared to be blasphemous
  • Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has urged the Mexican president and the governor to take immediate action against such acts and provide security and protection to ceremonial sites

A religious Otomi temple has been destroyed in a religious site extending into the forest in Hidalgo State, Mexico. The vandals have reported having toppled the stone structures used as altars and scattered religious offerings. Damage to carved stones, paintings, and images at the faraway mountain shrine, called Mayonihka or Mexico Chiquito, was also disclosed.

Jamie Chavez, the leader of the Otomi Nation group, mentions that the natural space itself has been destroyed and that is it easy to replace damaged objects but spaces can be difficult to restore. Chavez said Indians from several states “use the site to perform ceremonies for Mother Nature, and some even do weddings or baptisms. What the elders want is for them to stop invading, or destroying the site.

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Damage to site. Image source: Archaeology Network

A researcher has said that the assailants identified themselves as Jehova’s Witnesses and said they did it because the altars appeared to be blasphemous. However, the spokesperson for the Christian denomination in Mexico said that the accusation appeared to be untrue. “To the extent, we have been able to investigate, we found this story to be false,” he said.

Luis Perez Lugo, a professor at University of Chapingo, said, “I was there, and the Jehova’s Witnesses said they had done it,” after interviewing a nearby village whose inhabitants had executed the act. Lugo also mentioned that some of them have converted recently and used to use the site for Otomi rituals earlier. The professor also stated, “They said it (the pre-Hispanic ceremonies) weren’t in their Bible, and, in their words, they said it was piggish, garbage that wasn’t in the Bible, and so they went to clear out what was offensive to their God.”

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Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has urged the Mexican president and the governor to take immediate action against such acts and provide security and protection to ceremonial sites. Many have been damaged in the past and had to be repaired so that the followers of the tradition could continue with their religious practices

– prepared by Varsha Gupta of NewsGram. Twitter: @VarshaGupta94

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You Can Now Pre-Book New Samsung’s Foldable Smartphone “Galaxy Z Flip” in India

The device will be available in three colours -- Mirror Purple, Mirror Black and Mirror Gold

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The Galaxy Z Flip has been engineered with a first-of-its-kind foldable glass that features a 6.7-inch display that folds into a stylish and compact form factor which fits in the palm of your hand. IANS

Samsung on Thursday announced the pre-booking for its new foldable smartphone Galaxy Z Flip in India from February 21 that will be available for those who pre-book the device at Rs 1,09,999 from February 26.

Galaxy Z Flip comes with accidental damage coverage, which includes one-time screen protection and a 24X7 dedicated call centre support, one-year Samsung care and protection, one-time screen damage protection service for inner screen and external screen at discounted fee (at the time of repair), up to 12 month interest-Free EMI in 10 cities and four-month free YouTube premium Subscription, said the company.

The Galaxy Z Flip has been engineered with a first-of-its-kind foldable glass that features a 6.7-inch display that folds into a stylish and compact form factor which fits in the palm of your hand. It’s a dual-SIM smartphone, with one eSIM and one Nano-SIM card slot. E-sim services are currently available on Airtel and Jio networks.

Consumers can pre-book Galaxy Z Flip on the Samsung e-shop and select retail stores starting February 21. Buyers from Samsung e-shop will be offered premium “white glove delivery”.

The device features Dynamic AMOLED Infinity Flex display as the main display. It is powered by a 7nm octa-core processor with 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. The device is backed by 3300mAh battery with fast-charging support via power cord and wireless PowerShare and runs Android 10.

“Last year, Samsung introduced the biggest breakthrough since the mobile phone, the Galaxy Fold. Galaxy Z Flip gives you all the advantages of a large screen in a stylish and compact form factor that fits in the palm of your hand,” said Aditya Babbar, Director, Mobile Business, Samsung India.

“Our specially designed foldable UX allows consumers to reimagine how they take selfies and discover hands free video chatting like never before,” he added.

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Samsung on Thursday announced the pre-booking for its new foldable smartphone Galaxy Z Flip in India from February 21 that will be available for thise who pre-book the device at Rs 1,09,999 from February 26. IANS

The device will be available in three colours — Mirror Purple, Mirror Black and Mirror Gold.

In terms of optics, the phone houses 12MP ultra-wide sensor and 12MP wide-angle camera at the rear. At the front, there is a punch-hole 10MP camera.

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Galaxy Z Flip folds into the size of a wallet, so you can easily fit it in your pocket or clutch bag. (IANS)