Hinduism is generally an open and welcoming religion, but there is a difference between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation.

A thread of Hindu voices: 👇
“You do not have to identify as Hindu to practice our ideologies…I am not telling you that you have to convert to Hinduism to practice yoga or to stop doing things like yoga that come from Hindu beliefs...instead...that you practice cultural appreciation" https://medium.com/@sanskriti.deva/the-modern-appropriation-and-white-washing-of-hinduism-6566f31dec55
P1: "The visceral association of whiteness with cultural appropriation is...a grave injustice against the welcoming foundations of Hinduism"
P2: “Our issues were centered on her grossly inaccurate, offensive, racist and misinformed portrayal of Hinduism” https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/05/02/white-performer-hindu-chants-creates-controversy-brown
“Yoga is for everyone...But yoga is also far more than a trendy physical practice…Cultural appropriation is when borrowing and sharing...becomes exploitation. It’s cherry-picking...without learning and acknowledging its complex history.” https://www.self.com/story/yoga-indian-cultural-appropriation
“I think everyone should read the Bhagavad Gita, meditate, practice mindfulness…and have their lives enriched by Vedic teachings…[but]…stop using my gods as props to fill the empty space on your mantle.”
“While I hate the “you cannot celebrate another culture” crowd...I...find merit in the argument of paying respect to the sources. When we pay respect...it leads to a much more healthy and balanced cultural exchange...far greater societal benefits.” https://www.opindia.com/2018/08/the-fine-line-between-cultural-appropriation-and-cultural-digestion/
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