In Filipino Visayan mythology, the Goddess Dalikamata is the thousand-eyed diety of health. The eyes covering her body have given her the power of omniscience, for she can see all the good and bad within a person. People often worship her in the hopes of being granted good eyesight, and it is believed that she curses the cruel and unkind with blindness. According to legend, morning dew is a result of Dalikamata crying over all of the evil deeds of mankind that she witnesses. The indigenous priestesses, known as the Babaylan, would collect this morning dew for use in their healing and divination practices. Babaylan were exclusively either cisgender or transgender women who held crucial roles in pre-colonial society. Following the colonization by the Spanish, they were demonized as witches and were persecuted. Here we see Dalikamata meeting with one of her devoted priestesses. While the babaylan would often offer Goddess Dalikamata incense flowers as a token of their devotion, here this priestess has decided to offer herself instead.
Maulana Tariq Jamil is a Pakistani Islamic preacher, and with an audience of millions, he is regarded as one of the world's most influential Muslims. Jamil found himself in the center of controversy when he said that the Covid-19 pandemic was a clear sign of Allah's wrath in response to women's "immodesty." Perhaps if he were a woman, he would be able to understand that such sentiments are nothing but arcane traditionalism.
Dr. Zakir Naik is an Indian-born Islamic televangelist and one of the most famous Islamic preachers in the world. He is equally famed for his "PeaceTV" network and horrible teachings that cause outrage among both liberal people and the Muslim community. He has reached such a level of controversy that he is accused of promoting social intolerance and terrorism and has thus been denied entry to Canada and the United Kingdom. Perhaps if he was a free-spirited woman and not an intolerant religionist, the world would be a better place.
Hindu-nationalist militants, often referred to as "Hindutva goons," are well known for their organized street violence and penchant for threatening Muslims and their female family members with sexual violence. However, it doesn't have to be this way; there is nothing inherent to these groups of people that entails hatred towards the other.
“Love is a meeting of two souls, fully accepting the dark and the light within each other, bound by the courage to grow through struggle into bliss.”
― Jackson Kiddard
India has a fraught relationship with the religions that came as colonizing forces alongside its invasion by imperialist powers. The Abrahamic religions of Christianity and Islam have left an indelible mark on the subcontinent, which is still felt today. Unfortunately, this painful historical legacy has influenced the supporters of Hindu nationalism to engage in contemporary persecution of Indian Christians and Muslims in an ill-guided attempt to right a historical grievance. Perhaps if they could see how the respected daughter of the Prophet Muhammad, Lady Fatima al-Zahra recognizes Lord Krishna's legitimacy as a true deity of India and how much she enjoys willingly submitting to him, they wouldn't feel the need to abuse religious minorities among their community as an expression of their insecurity and inferiority complex.