Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Whatever comes natural
We as Americans are so used to hearing and reading what we have become familiar with that everything else seems and feels awkward at first glance. What I am referring to is Norgay's Hunduism and how he subtly incorporates it into his writing. He makes many references to his faith, but none resound more than his discussion of reincarnation, which he discusses as a given fact of life. If I too were Hindu, this would not have sat nearly the same way as it did. I am not religious, but I am so used to Christian faith being subtly incorporated into the vast majority of what I read that I don't even recognize it anymore, for the most part. I now realize that whenever I hear "God" I always think about it in the singular and I always associate other figures, like Jesus, with that word. Norgay most likely does not make this same association with the word. I am sure that he thinks of Vishnu, Brahma, and Shiva and even more so he thinks of the word "God" more in the plural sense. Having read this book, with the subtle religious differences that it contains, definitely sheds some perspective on the books that we have read and will read.