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Nosuperstition
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the dot on the forehead

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQ_gLof5ifM

In that video they depicted the sister of the villian Roman Emperor as wearing a dot on the forehead.Now if I remember correctly , the famous Hindu theologian Adi Sankaracharya interpreted the red dot worn by hindu goddesses as being symbolic of the redness of a 10 to the power 16 of that of the dawn of the sun.In other words it is 1 followed by 16 zeroes.

Now Hindu women as of today also wear that dot on their forehead that is much similar to the one worn by that pagan lady in that video.So does the dot on the forehead have any significance in pagan Roman religion?Or is it worn purely for the sake of fashion and beauty?

Now the dots which the Hindu women used to wear in the middle ages were not that small.They were completely large , completely round and atleast had the diameter of around say 5 to 6 centimetres. They are said to symbolise their marital status.If a married woman becomes a widow,they were no longer allowed to wear those dots.Those dots were not good to look at.However people still wore them based on religious beliefs.

Muslim rulers of Kashmir in middle ages whose elite were basically immigrants from Central Asia banned Hindu women from showing their religiosity on sleeves by forbidding Hindu women to wear those dots or bindis as they are called in Hindi along with forbidding Hindus from carrying out their last rite cremation rituals.As a result many Hindus who refused committed suicide.This is how Kashmir became a Muslim majority region in addition Sufi preaching.

Now post reformation during the British period,many Hindu women stopped wearing such big dots and started to wear fashionable little dots on their foreheads.Now I have heard that some Catholics in India do wear them while Protestants totally abhor them.Is their any religious basis in the Bible for forgoing dots on forehead or does that happen only to show their aversion to all things pagan just as Muslims want to exhibit their aversion to all things kufar?
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palli or halli in Dravidian languages means a village just like gaav in Aryan languages means a village.palli or halli in Aryan Mauryan Imperial era around 200 B.C designates a tribal hamlet.So many of those in South India are indeed descendants of tribals and are still keeping up that heritage.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unT1vf5k41c

Basically in Hinduism of middle ages only dancers etc wore fashionable dots on their forehead.Now everyone wears them.
palli or halli in Dravidian languages means a village just like gaav in Aryan languages means a village.palli or halli in Aryan Mauryan Imperial era around 200 B.C designates a tribal hamlet.So many of those in South India are indeed descendants of tribals and are still keeping up that heritage.

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Nosuperstition wrote:Now Hindu women as of today also wear that dot on their forehead that is much similar to the one worn by that pagan lady in that video.
Hardly surprising, as Hinduism is surely a pagan religion?
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I think it was just a beauty practice among women in Roman aristocracy.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StGaPi8DELA

In the above video,the one with medieval attire and with a huge red dot on her head is the one who resembles Hindu women of medieval periods.And the one with saffron saree not the red one with a little dot is the one who resembles modern Hindu women.
palli or halli in Dravidian languages means a village just like gaav in Aryan languages means a village.palli or halli in Aryan Mauryan Imperial era around 200 B.C designates a tribal hamlet.So many of those in South India are indeed descendants of tribals and are still keeping up that heritage.

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