Nasa Intern Attacked with Vicious Hinduphobia

Read the article here. I’m disgusted by the comments she’s receiving: people who should know better dismissing her devotion as primitive and bitching at Nasa for including her photo with the other interns. How degenerate does one have to be to attack a person’s devotion? This young woman is A) interning at NASA so unless you also work for NASA STFU and B) is a wonderful example of devotion that I hope inspires many other young men and women to move into academia or the sciences while maintaining their faith and C) she’s in her OWN HOME. This is her workspace in her own home.

If one follows this on twitter, comments (particularly those from Ashock Swain, which were especially gross) include calling this young woman “right wing” and her Gods “right wing” too because hey, devotion isn’t fashionable to the left? or whatever — the logic isn’t strong there. She’s asked if she can’t do anything without her Gods. Um…why should one? It is a joy and a fucking PRIVILEGE to honor the Gods. And Nasa is badgered to replace the image. If this were a Christian woman, a Jewish woman, a Muslim woman, an Atheist would this be happening? I seriously doubt it.

I chose one article out of many to post here, but just type in “Hindu Intern Nasa” and there is plenty about this online. Or check out the Hindu Student Union link that I just posted at my twitter @GalinaKrasskova.

I hope Nasa stands up and supports this intern and shame on those who are shitting on her devotion.

Edit: the correct twitter is @hinduoncampus.

About ganglerisgrove

Galina Krasskova has been a Heathen priest since 1995. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies (2009), a Masters in Medieval Studies (2019), has done extensive graduate work in Classics including teaching Latin, Roman History, and Greek and Roman Literature for the better part of a decade, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology. She is the managing editor of Walking the Worlds journal and has written over thirty books on Heathenry and Polytheism including "A Modern Guide to Heathenry" and "He is Frenzy: Collected Writings about Odin." In addition to her religious work, she is an accomplished artist who has shown all over the world and she currently runs a prayer card project available at wyrdcuriosities.etsy.com.

Posted on July 12, 2021, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. Matthew N. Hunt

    Disgusting but not surprising. I shared this on my Polytheism page.

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  2. Why do they wish to make everyone atheist when all it seems to do is make one hateful? Who wants that?

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  3. One of the Goddesses on Her desk is Saraswati. If there is anyone who should be in NASA certainly a devotee of a Goddess of Learning would be that person, no?

    Jai Saraswati Devi! Jai Lakshmi Devi! Hail to all of the Gods and Goddesses and Holy Powers of India! May They see this woman prosper! May Ganesh the Remover of Obstacles remove every single person who opposes her success from her path

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  4. I’m reminded of my university days. I had a part time job in the computer labs on campus. Because it was an on campus job, the job was highly fought over by international students. Why? At least at the time, if you were an international students on a student visa the only job you could have were specific ones at the university (no part time jobs at McDs off campus). This meant there was a very large international student population among the work force for the on campus jobs, and for some reason the computer labs were very heavily worked by primarily workers from India. I’d say about 80% at the time were from India. I picked up an extra shift when someone called in sick at another lab, and the fellow employees all sort of held their breath as I came in and saw a little Ganesh statue with swastiska out of view in an employee only area. We didn’t quite have lockers, depending on the lab we either had part of a shelf, a cubby, or maybe a portion of a drawer to store personal belongings (bags, purses, etc.), and it clearly belonged to one of them. I had picked up on being watched… and realized why. I just smiled. “Nice Ganesh” and everyone just relaxed. I suspect seeing me as a very white American woman, they were expecting a freak out.

    But then again polytheists just think it’s cool when we find other polytheists. Can you imagine how difficult it is to get to be an intern at NASA, and especially for women in STEM being so vastly still under-represented. It’s sad that the shift went from her accomplishments and bright mind. Haters gonna hate.

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  5. Because obviously any form of devotion is the same as the toxic obsessiveness and vicious hatred found in Far Right Christian Fundamentalism. Never mind that the Extreme Right would love to purge pious Hindus along with everyone else who doesn’t match their narrow minded view of the world. The Left wants to sever me from my Gods, the Right wants to straight up murder me, and the Center calls me a hypocrite for not wanting to “compromise” with either group. Screw politics. It’s a dumpster fire.

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    • Exactly, man. Contemporary American politics simply does not cater to actual Polytheistic living. What we need to do is band together and start our party that puts devotion first. Have something where the planks in the platform are guided solely by what allows us to practice Lived Polytheism and live by polytheistic values. Maybe call it the Eusebeia party. Our mascot can be the Possum. Let’s beat these guys at their own game

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    • If you go far enough right and far enough left. You end up standing side by side.

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  6. I saw this. It’s sad to see so much hate directed toward her, especially from her own people.

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  7. And this right here is why until I finish nursing school, I let people think I am just a hippy dippy new ager. I have talked about astrology and crystals and have used the word “manifesting” in conversations at work, but until someone asks about the Moljnir I wear, I am not volunteering too much information. I won’t deny Them if it does come up though. I’m nervous since so many hospitals are faith-based. But I feel such a call to be in the healing profession, so here I am.

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    • Hopefully that conversation goes well. If not, at least it’ll probably be something like this which will be funny:

      Nurse: Ummm so what exactly is that pendant?

      You: It’s a Mjolnir I wear in honor of Thor.

      Nurse: Oh you like Marvel?

      You: No. The actual pagan deity.

      Nurse: Oh. Well. You shouldn’t wear that here then. This hospital doesn’t need pagan symbols.

      *Nurse huffs away with a clipboard showing a huge Caduceus*

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  8. Hi,

    Visiting your site after months. Glad you’ve put this incident on your page.

    Please could you advise if there are any online hangouts/events where pagans discuss and chat. I’ll be glad to join.

    Love from India,
    R

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    • ganglerisgrove

      Unfortunately I’m not a big social media person. I know that there are several Pagan sites, none of which I’d actually recommend for anything useful, but polytheists tend to be sprinkled around the various social media entities.

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      • I am not referring to social media at all. I meant online events/video calls one can join..

        I don’t like social media either. In fact, I am de-cluttering products and devices from my life and will soon switch over to a feature phone (sans-internet).

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  9. ganglerisgrove

    R. that is horrifying with the temples. May each of those Gods be praised and reverenced always and in rightful manner and their *attention* fall upon those who desecrated Their holy images.

    as to events/ call. I don’t. I organized a conference a few years ago but I’m not in a place to do that again (doing PHD work. brain is tired. body is tired. soul is tired. just need to pass my comps lol). I’ll post here if I hear of anything.

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