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Vermilion Substitute

Discussion in 'Festivals, Functions & Rituals' started by seekingheart, May 23, 2019.

  1. seekingheart

    seekingheart Senior IL'ite

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    I am American and wondered if there were other red substitutes for vermilion. I like the idea of using it for worship only. I understand that the red is for wishing the husband well and long life. Do I have to use vermilion? Or can I use anything red? Can it be a paper sticker? Cinnamon? A stain like from strawberries or beets?
     
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    seekingheart Senior IL'ite

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    I wanted to also say that I would ONLY wear a bindi in private home worship. I will look online for answers. I in no way want to hurt Indian people so would not wear a bindi in public. I thank you for all the past help from the ladies on this website. No need to answer the vermilion question. I may not wear a bindi but I might just keep some red substance on my puja platter.
     
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    Sunshine04 Platinum IL'ite

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    Using vermillion is not compulsory.
    But please don't substitute it with other stuff you mentioned
     
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    Sunshine04 Platinum IL'ite

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    Wearing bindi is your personal choice. How does it hurt indians??
     
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    SinghManisha Platinum IL'ite

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    Red lipstick works well as vermilion or bindi.
     
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    Sunshine04 Platinum IL'ite

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    Good idea
     
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    Amulet Platinum IL'ite

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    Vermillion on the forehead, Lipstick on the lips — work differently.
    The mention of strawberry (jam? ) made me ROFLOL. It might end up working too well!!
     
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    seekingheart Senior IL'ite

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    I read an article that said that some people from India are sensitive about non-Indians wearing bindi. I would only wear it at my house in worship but I may not at all. I am trying to worship in the best way. Thank you for both of your comments.
     
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    India has enough people to allot some Indians to be sensitive about anything you can name. Theresa May just announced she plans to resign: some Indians are recalling the time she wore a bindi on her forehead.
    May resists pressure to relax visa rules for Indian migrants
     
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    Nope .not true. Some of my Indian friends don't wear bindi or thali. You can get kumkum in any Indian stores.
     
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