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This video was circulating on social media with the following caption:

At the entrance of St. Mary's H. S., Manapparai, Tiruchy, Tamilnadu, a brahmin is depicted as begging in front of Virgin Mary. Should Co-existance and secularism mean denigrating Hindu belief system?

It shows two statues outside a school named "St. Mary's HR.SEC. School", one of them is the Virgin Mary and another one shows a shirtless man with long hair.

Does the statue really depict a man belonging to the Brahmin class of Hinduism?

  • Is Swami Geetika notable? (Honestly asking. I really don't know.) – Ben Barden Oct 5 '18 at 20:30
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    I think that this question as-is is not notable. It needs to be a claim by someone significant and/or a claim believed by a large number of people. "random video circulating on the internet" isn't really good enough. – Ben Barden Oct 5 '18 at 20:36
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    @BenBarden Then this question isn't notable too because it shows a random meme without even a source for it. – alwaysthinking Oct 5 '18 at 20:41
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    Looking into the comments, I find the whole thing disturbing... people are trying to whip up confrontation and xenophobia, with comments like "[Christian] diseases need to be eradicated from India". But on the whole, this is entirely opinion-based. The people making the video and tweet claim "This is how we see it". We have no idea of the intentions of the ones that made the display what it is supposed to be. – MichaelK Oct 6 '18 at 11:39
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    This is a perfectly reasonable question and it can be objectively answered at least in theory. – Avery Oct 6 '18 at 12:43
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The statue does not depict a Brahmin begging in front of Mary. It depicts the story of Our Lady of Good Health, a 16th century apparition of Mary to a shepherd boy, who would have been of a lower caste.

You may see a similar diorama on the official website of Our Lady of Good Health (scroll down).

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