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Multidenominational Chocolate Deity Variety Pack

An assortment of chocolates resembling different deities
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While looking at the recent Chocolate Jesus posts, I kept thinking back to the first time I saw a painting of a Black Jesus (Some of you may have seen the 1970s era portrait). Absurd, I thought, until I found out that most people from Jesus's corner of the world have olive-toned skin. All of my prayer cards, Bible study books, etc. had pictures of a White Jesus.

It's interesting that we all have differenct conceptions of even the same deity. Kenneth Burke writes about such a concept of interpretation.

A candy maker should make and market chocolates with white, olive, and black-colored representations of a variety of deities and sell them ina variety pack. Sunday school teachers and parents could use them to teach religious tolerance (religious beliefs permitting).

We could use the various colors of one deity to teach abstraction and hierarchy of ideas, colonialism, and racism, also.

1kester, Apr 08 2002

For [Rods] http://www.jesus.com/
[angel, Apr 09 2002]

Crucifixion http://www.uncc.edu...or/crucifixion.html
Those nutty Romans! [waugsqueke, Apr 10 2002]

Religious Chocolate http://www.chocolat...s.com/religious.htm
Great stuff here. Baptism lollipop, 'Blue' white chocolate Star of David, Passover almond bark, and of course, gelt! [waugsqueke, Apr 10 2002]

The Chocolate Deities http://www.chocolat...ies.com/deities.php
"Exquisitely detailed, Hand Made Gourmet Chocolates that celebrate the gods and goddesses of love and luxury, joy and happiness, compassion, peace and serenity, healing, and fertility of the body and imagination. We honor those deities who long for sweet offerings and embrace the notion that chocolate has powers to transport and inspire beyond mere consumables." [angel, Jan 25 2007]

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       yes. interesting enough. but could you change the words in your post which call it/them a 'diety'? It's funny but I don't think it's what you meant, twice.
sappho, Apr 08 2002
  

       How about week old off colour white chocolate Japanese Budha? He could have gooey inner peace.
[ sctld ], Apr 08 2002
  

       I think this joke is past its sell-by date.
waugsqueke, Apr 08 2002
  

       ¯1kester: congrats on a great idea! I'd probably buy that, as long as the fillings weren't sacrilegious.
reensure, Apr 08 2002
  

       [Sappho] That's a funny typo. Last summer, the local paper ran a headline titled : "Who's Your Diety" in the Religion section.
1kester, Apr 08 2002
  

       I used to look at the Renaissance paintings of Bible stories with their very European castles and clothes, and yes, their very European Jesus, and laugh at how ignorant the artists were. As it happens, though, the joke's on me, since it's more likely the artists were intentionally translating the setting into a more local idiom, to make the story more meaningful and relevant to their audience. Which, if you think about it, is part of the point of God coming to earth as a human to begin with.
beauxeault, Apr 08 2002
  

       I agree with beauxeault. I personally don't think that the way Jesus is portrayed physically matters; truly open-minded people would see him as having no real race, or as belonging to a kind of omni-race with no specific racial features at all.
Pseudonym #3, Apr 08 2002
  

       Buddha is actually pretty thin; the pictures and statues of the fat guy praying are actually something along the lines of "happy fat man" a sign of good luck in the buddhist religion. if i'm wrong someone correct me, because that was the way it was explained to me
ishotpac, Apr 09 2002
  

       Look closer Rods, it says:
"JESUS SAliVatES"
thumbwax, Apr 09 2002
  

       ishotpac: The large Budha is called the 'laughing Budha' and is meant to be the next incarnation of Budha, and indead he shall be most wealthy and lucky.
[ sctld ], Apr 09 2002
  

       Rods, I've noticed the same thing. In some scenes, I think the beard helps people pick him out of a crowd. Interestingly, the tradition comes from two sources: One is a portrait that was "miraculously found" that early Catholic scholars were sure must have been painted by St. Luke, from life, and which had a beard. The other is the legend of Saint "I-don't-remember-her-name," who wiped Jesus' sweaty face with a cloth as he was carrying the cross to Golgotha, and to her surprise, she found the image of his bearded face, eternally imprinted on the cloth. Of course, hundreds of years later this cloth was also miraculously found and was a sacred holy relic for some time. It may have since been lost or destroyed, or not. I don't remember. (Frankly, I have no evidence that either of these stories is untrue, but neither one is Biblical, so I do not feel compelled to present them as actual fact).   

       And there are at least two important exceptions in art. One is Michelangelo's "Last Judgment" in the Sistine Chapel, and the other is Caravaggio's "Supper at Emmaus," in London's National Gallery, both of which portray Christ after the resurrection and evidently use the shaven face to indicate his changed nature. Caravaggio in particular may have shown him beardless because the story is about how the disciples did not recognize him at first. With these two examples, it is not implausible to see the beard as a symbolic emphasis of Christ's humanness, rather than a refutation of his universal relevance.
beauxeault, Apr 09 2002
  

       And you know, now that I think about it, if the transformation from beardless to shaven in the art represents a transformation from being bound by human limitations to spiritual freedom, I suppose "Jesus shaves" is not so far off the mark!
beauxeault, Apr 09 2002
  

       Way, way off topic … adding to the mystique of the resurrection … but, does anyone have information about what practices the Romans had regarding the preparation of their condemned for crucifixion? ¯beauxeault: You got me thinking (nothing new there, I assure you) about what s.o.b.s the Romans were reputed to be and wondering if they didn't inadvertantly up the legendary ante by releasing the body of Christ in the condition they did.
reensure, Apr 09 2002
  

       Wasn't Jesus executed according to Jewish law, not by the Romans? Of course, there's a school of thought that he wasn't crucified at all, but stoning (the standard method of execution in Jewish tradition at the time) wouldn't have the same iconographic quality.
pottedstu, Apr 09 2002
  

       Including chocolates for the:
atheist: just an empty tray where the chocolate should be.
agnostic: maybe there's something there, but it might be poisonous
humanist: all of the ingredients for standard chocolate that you mix yourself.
hindu: multiple little chocolate raisin clusters
Jewish: a chocolate dreidel-shape flavored with bitter herbs
Muslim: chocolate laced with gunpowder and rum
rastifarian: cocoa-cocaine
satanist: devil's food cake, dyed red.
early norse: straight cocoa beans.
wicca: cocoa beans dipped in bat juice
RayfordSteele, Apr 09 2002
  

       'stu... it was according to Jewish custom that, during Passover, a prisoner would be released. Barabbas got the nod. Crucifixion was a Roman thingy.
waugsqueke, Apr 10 2002
  

       waugs, 'dya ever give much thought to what "barabbas" means? It's even sorta peripherally related to the multi-colored Jesus thing.
beauxeault, Apr 10 2002
  

       It means something like 'father's son' right? Not sure how that relates to the multi-colored Jesus thing.   

       Son of the father?
waugsqueke, Apr 10 2002
  

       It's a re-emphasis of the Son of the Father dying in "barabbas' " place - a reminder that he not only came to us all (multicolored Jesus) but died for us all.
beauxeault, Apr 10 2002
  

       Perhaps the Black Madonna was made of dark chocolate? The multi-breasted goddess made of milk chocolate? Didn't the Aztecs have a dessert called "Ritual Murder" (dark-chocolate-and-habenero hot sauce over vanilla ice cream), which was mistaken by early priests for the sacrifice of flower-war soldiers?
Dood, May 25 2006
  

       The chocolate deity thing is great. And only the atheist would be allowed to bite off their heads and slowly chew them up. Yum!
JSand, Jan 25 2007
  
      
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