Liz (kyoryoku_mayaku) wrote in ed_ucate,

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Hi. I'm new. I think too much (or too little, whatever). This in no way reflects my religious views...seeing as how the most religious expirence I've ever had was a concert... Also, I use the term "God" loosely.

In Hinduism, the most popular god is Shiva, the god of Destruction. It is said that when the world becomes too saturated with evil, Shiva will descend from his home atop Mount Kaliash, and preform a dance that will destroy everything that is evil so that the good and sinless can be created and florish.

 A depiction of Shiva dancing. This dance is known as the Nataraja.

A similar yet more ornate version of this picture can be found here.

Starvation, eventually leads to the destruction of the body. In many religious organizations, starvation (fasting) is considered one of the most sacred ways to worship. For when one starves themselves,  they are better able to concentrate on religious values, human existance, and their relationship with the world. Many religions also see starvation as a method of purification which causes the devotee to have a closer expirence with God.

Many girls who I see in communities starve themselves because they want to "look" better. However, many are never satisified with the way they look no matter how thin they become. Could it be that they are not trying to shed their flesh because of society, not to look better, but to be better? Is this a crude attempt to become closer with God, to purge themselves of their personal feelings of sin?

Or maybe I'm just trying to apply my rationale to the whole of society which is wrong of me. But it seems that when people literly try to get to their bones, they are no longer searching for feminine beauty. Feminine beauty has always essentially encorporated curves and softness as a desirable trait. That is why in many men's magazines, big breast and full (but not fat) thighs are usually in demand.

What do you think?

Cross posted to my personal LJ.


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