Ancient Hindu Plastic Surgeons

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Ganesh is the popular elephant-headed god worshipped all over India. The most well-known explanation of how he came to have an elephant head is that his father (Shiva) decapitated him, but Paravati (Shiva’s wife and the boy’s mother) insisted Ganesh be restored to life, so Shiva ordered a servant to put an elephant head on his lifeless-body, then Shiva breathed new life into Ganesh. [Watch this cute children’s Hindu cartoon showing this story, or read wiki.]

Well, this is obviously a myth (as in, false story meant to carry other meaning), but it seems that the Prime Minister of India feels that this re-capitation really did happen and was possible because ancient Indians knew advanced Plastic Surgery.
Source: This Guardian Article

So it you ever despair over the silly beliefs of some religious American politicians, maybe this story will help you feel a more universal disgust for human stupidity and stop focusing on us Americans.

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4 responses to “Ancient Hindu Plastic Surgeons

  1. Methinks a recapitation would require a bit more than plastic surgery.

  2. Sabio:
    “it seems that the Prime Minister of India feels that this re-capitation really did happen and was possible because ancient Indians knew advanced Plastic Surgery”

    Really? Can you give a reference/link? Thanks.

    (I knew Ganesha’s story, but I’m now watching the youtube video.)

  3. @Sabio:
    “So it you ever despair over the silly beliefs of some religious American politicians, maybe this story will help you feel a more universal disgust for human stupidity and stop focusing on us Americans.”
    I would actually add that if someone is a politician then he/she is not to be trusted or taken seriously, almost by definition, regardless in where in the world this person is. It is a very rare exception that someone becomes a politician out of interest for the job or the people. More frequently than not, politicians are, almost by definition, corruptible. One can fool oneself by making oneself believe that there is such a thing as a policitican who cares about the common good, and, for many people, it’s more comfortable to believe in fiction than face reality.

  4. @ ratamacueo
    Yeah, a bit more!

    @ Takis
    Oooops, sorry, forgot to include source:
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/28/indian-prime-minister-genetic-science-existed-ancient-times

    Yeah, politicians are generally not what they want you to think they are.

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