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Hinduism and Gothic lifestyle

Discussion in 'Hinduism DIR' started by Sirona, Jun 17, 2019.

  1. Sirona

    Sirona Hindu Wannabe

    May 1, 2014
    The city where "my" Krishna temple is located holds a huge annual meeting of fans of the Gothic subculture. The latest Gothic festival took place two weeks ago. Last Sunday, at the Krishna temple, a seemingly fresh recruit mentioned that she missed the Gothic lifestyle which had been present in the city two weeks ago. Apparently, she had been into Gothic but was "forbidden“ by the Krishnas to attend the festival.
    Now, I can‘t speak for the Gothics. Maybe there are one or two Wiccans/Pagans/Satanists among them but in my eyes the huge majority of them atheist is because the general population is atheist here. I suppose it is rather an opportunity to dress up in fancy black clothes and to listen to melancholic music. In other words, its just fun. Not my kind of fun, but fun. My question now is: Do you think the person was discouraged from attending the festival just because it’s fun, or are there serious concerns which would make it impossible to believe in Hinduism and be a Gothic?
  2. Vinayaka

    Vinayaka devotee
    Premium Member

    Feb 10, 2011
    Saivite Hindu
    Some folks would 'prohibit' anything except their own way. It can be sort of legitimate, or sometimes a lack of knowledge. Personally, I would see no real harm in it, although I wouldn't do it because I'm not interested.
  3. SomeRandom

    SomeRandom Still learning to be wise

    Apr 20, 2014
    Unless the person was going out of their way to somehow be disrespectful, I see no issue with being a Goth and Hindu. I mean I might adjust the wardrobe slightly depending on which specific venue I’m going to, perhaps. (Ie ripped clothes might be fine for the Goth event but perhaps not for a temple.)
    But I for one like the Gothic subculture. Not as into it as much as I was as an angst ridden teen. But I like the style.
    Though you get nosy busybodies everywhere.
  4. sayak83

    sayak83 Well-Known Member
    Staff Member Premium Member

    May 7, 2012
    Pluralist Hindu
    There are no concerns whatsoever. Pious Vaishnavas (serious devotees of Krishna) do not partake meat and alcohol. Maybe that is the reason?
  5. Aupmanyav

    Aupmanyav Be your own guru

    May 5, 2007
    Advaitist Sanatan Hindu and a strong atheist.
    Just like other cults, Hare-Krishnas will not like their people to stray, and vegetarianianism is very important to them. They are not against fun. After all, what can be greater fun than 'Raas-leela'. Loosing a member or two would not concern them. That always happens. IMHO.