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03:14:35 PM Nov 18th 2012
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  • Loads and Loads of Races: Rakshasas are demons who live on earth, Asuras are demons who live elsewhere, Yakshas are nature deities, Apsaras are beautiful nymphs, and Gandarvas are strong, beautiful and powerful creatures. Nagas worship snakes or are snakes, depending on the epic.
02:41:16 PM Nov 11th 2011
I don't think Trinity is a good word to use in Hinduism. It suggests that the Trimurti (what they are called by Hindus) are comparable to the Christian Trinity. There are similarities it is true, but it's misleading or even confusing to use the Christian term.
08:29:36 PM Feb 17th 2013
"Trinity" is used for un-religious trios as well, like the DC Trinity (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman) and sometimes the Disney Princess Trinity for merch (Cinderella, Aurora, Belle). It's a general term that now exceeds it's original definition. As someone raised Hindu, I've heard and used both and "Trimurti" translates to "Trinity" in every way possible. If anyone is confused it's because they think all religions are like Christianity and deserve to be a confused idiot.
06:19:49 PM Oct 26th 2011
Is it appropriate to call Hinduism a mythology? We don't say Christian Mythology, or Muslim Mythology, or Bhuddhist Mythology, or Taoist Mythology so why should Hinduism be any different?
02:39:52 PM Nov 11th 2011
We should say Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, and Taoist Mythology. Myths are sacred narratives with religious meaning or purpose. They aren't automatically fiction. All religious narratives are mythic, so long as they're the work of multiple authors over a long cultural tradition.

People sometimes get offended if their religion's myths are called myths, because the word colloquially suggests it has to be fictional, or because it's associated with Greek myths.

And having lots of practitioners shouldn't be the criteria for saying a religion has no myths. That would be very discriminatory against religions that just happen to be extinct (usually because of persecution) or obscure.
12:49:04 PM Jun 6th 2012
Except one of the definitions of Mythology says that it's false, fake, wrong.

On this site the Christian page says Christianity. The Buddhist page says Buddhism. Why does this one say Hindu Mythology instead of Hinduism?

And I'm not Hindu. I'm agnostic. I'm just saying it shows a lack of respect.
02:01:35 PM Jun 6th 2012
I don't think it's saying Hindu mythology rather than Hinduism. It's about the traditional tales within the religion rather than the religion itself.
03:14:19 PM Nov 18th 2012
Whatever the usage on this wiki, it should be absolutely 100% consistent across all religions, with no special treatment or bias. And colloquially people do say Greek Mythology, Norse Mythology, Egyptian Mythology, Celtic Mythology, etc.
07:11:07 PM Jan 17th 2014
Hinduism is not an extinct religion!
11:37:30 AM Jan 18th 2014
We have UsefulNotes.Hinduism and have had it since August 2010, long before the OP of this discussion was made. So the perceived slight towards Hinduism is imaginary.
03:48:19 PM Mar 2nd 2014
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Edit: I apologize, classymyths is right.
12:47:00 PM Mar 3rd 2014
Mythology and religion are not the same. They overlap because mythology is a part of religion, but religion is much more and encompasses things like worship, rites, theology, church structures, imperatives and prohibitions etc. Also, not all mythology is tied to (a) religion.

In short, it makes perfect sense to have separate pages for religions and mythologies if they are sufficiently different.
12:10:06 AM Apr 14th 2014
Thing is, Christian Mythology is just a redirect to the main Christianity page. There is a double standard here.

And come to think of it, a Christian Mythology page would probably be nice to have. King Arthur is pretty well known but what about everything else?
01:58:22 AM Apr 14th 2014
No, it's just "someone was interested to make a page for <this> but nobody cared about making a page for <that>" standard.

I do not see a problem with rectifying this, though.
08:11:14 PM Apr 14th 2014
I guess I will have to do that? Don't rush me, this wiki has people more knowledgeable than me on Religion, Mythology and Folklore and they have not gotten around to it yet, for whatever reason.

I did add a link to the main Hinduism page at the top of the Hindu Mythology page, just so people will know the difference. When I get to the Christian Mythology page I will do the same to the main Christianity page.
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