Useless (youngwilliam) wrote,

Hello, Dalai!

So when I was looking up details on China regulating reincarnation within its jurisdiction, I was surprised to run into two side-details.

According to a 2005 Gallup poll, 20 percent of all U.S. adults believe in reincarnation. Recent surveys by the Barna Group, a Christian research nonprofit, have found that a quarter of U.S. Christians, including 10 percent of all born-again Christians, embrace it as their favored end-of-life view.
So apparently, 1/4 of the folks who believe in an eternal paradise after death would rather pass on the heavenly host and instead return to a world chock full o' sin?
The first Tibetan king, Nyatri Tsanpo (Wylie: Gnya'-khri-btsan-po), is supposed to have descended from the sky, or immigrated to Tibet from India. Because of his strange physical features such as having webbed hands, and eyes which close from below, he is supposed to have been greeted by the locals as a god. The king remained connected to the heavens with a rope and rather than dying ascended the same rope again.

The legendary King Drigum Tsenpo (Dri-gum-brtsan-po) provoked his groom Longam (Lo-ngam) to fight with him, and during the fight the King's heaven-cord was cut, he was also killed. Drigum Tsenpo and subsequent kings left corpses and were buried.
I'm sure Lovecraft would've loved to've known that Tibet was apparently founded by some Deep One or Tcho-Tcho.

PS: When explaining the reincarnation bit to a cook at work, he asked, "Wait, Reincarnation. Isn't that coming back from the dead?" I explained what's up with reincarnation and pointed out, "No, you're thinking of resurrection. Like Jesus or Doctor Who." -- for some reason, explaining something as "like something Jesus or Doctor Who would do" struck me as -far- too amusing.
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