Fiji Indians came from many different regions of India as indentured laborers under British rule in the 1800s. Over the years as one clan intermarried with another, many different traditions became woven into one. In that pic, we had just finished a Ramayana reading. Everyone got a turmeric deal on their forehead afterward! Live long and prosper as it were.Are they originally from Tamilnadu (because of the forehead saffron dot)? I too have a Tamil sis-in-law.
As long as I can remember I have always been someone who values honesty and who is always curious. My views on religion, politics, etc. are usually different from everyone else. If you ever watched the television show "Adam Ruins Everything", that's me in a nutshell. You can put me in a room with atheists and Christians and in a few minutes they'll all unite in throwing me out of the room. Same with Republicans and Democrats. Everyone expects everyone to choose sides. While everyone is heading to social media to express their opinions on a matter, I'm the one usually asking questions or presenting facts for both sides. I expect people to think and I am most happy around people who make me think.In my extended family there are deep rifts and some demilitarized zones. On one parent's side, the religious affiliation is impeccable many generations back. On the other side, there were marriages outside the ancestral faith, children born outside marriage, religious conversions, apostasy...
And on my SO's side, the situation is similar. And the bickering, and the gossip, and the terrible desolation left in the wake of any inheritance, siblings not talking, sides being taken, people falling out of favor...
Some relatives try to frame it all through their beliefs, others, through their appeals to loyalty, yet others are opportunistic.
The various creeds and faiths seem to play an important role in keeping it all together, though I can't say how it works. Maybe because the rituals evoke some respect in everyone, which prevents us from going at each other's throats.
So, how does religion play into your extended famy life?
Thanks for sharing. However, I have to add something. We took California from them. Texas? It's actually a story of irony. The area of Texas was basically empty. Mexico allowed settlers to become citizens as long as they agreed to become Catholic and agreed not to have slaves. This is how Texas became populated. There are probably more Mexicans living in Texas today than there ever was in the past. For quite awhile I lived amongst Mexican immigrants. Many would tell me the irony of Texas. It was part of Mexico. Then a huge influx of gringos happened. Then the land was overtaken by the gringos and became part of the U.S. I hate how both parties handle our border as well. That's a loaded subject on its own. But I've heard the horror stories of our border from friends who crossed that border. While I was in college I used to spend time helping illegal immigrants become citizens. By the way, not a single white person passed the sample citizenship exam I presented to them at work. Just saying.My mom came to a saving faith in Christ during the Jesus movement in the 70's. So I grew up a believer with my fair share of back sliding in my teens and 20's. My mom led my dad and my grandfather to the Lord and it just sort of grew to the rest of the family. You could argue and say that it was family culture but there have been absolute manifestations of God's presence in our lives.. that cannot be explained away as coincidences. He is my everything.
I used to identify as a republican but not so much anymore.. I don't know what I am.. I vote on one issue only and it always seems to be the republicans that have the stance I vote on. I do NOT agree on the immigration policy and the very reason I do not is because of my faith. I get rather heated about it as I have very close friends who illegally came from Mexico and I don't know what my life would be like without them. We took Texas from them and it's celebrated?!? We flaunt our wealth and way of life.. why wouldn't someone want to come here if the are living in war torn and impoverished countries. It's just sad to me how they are treated once they get here. I hate how indigenous people are treated in this country from the very beginning till now. I hate how people of color are treated.. all you have to do is watch some police auditing videos or research how the projects came to be and the rules they had to follow in order to qualify.. the father's couldn't live in the home and gangs were born to replace a broken family. It's systemic genocide perpetuated by our government.
I feel like the USAs time is up and history shows the length of time is about overdue.
My family doesn't discuss politics with me because they don't have a leg to stand on and my points are valid. I'm a dog with a bone and won't back down. Jesus said whatever you do unto the least of mine you do unto me. Period.
I have one brother who won't talk about God with me. Not that he is an unbeliever but he thinks I get preachy! Go figure 😂🤣😂