Dinkoism: A parody religion that challenges absurdity of traditional religions - Kulhar

Today every organized religion has some or the other bizarre practices and beliefs with no logic to them. Yet when a rational mind questions them, the blind followers of a religion not just defend them but also label it as an “attack on religion”. So, in order to give the taste of their own medicine, a group of rationalists in the southern Indian state of Kerala has launched their own religion – Dinkoism, a parody religion that ridicules absurd religious beliefs and the followers.

Like all organized religions, Dinkoism has its own God – Lord Dinkan, a comic mouse taken from Balamangalam, a popular children’s magazine that ran in Kerala from 1983 to 2012. Dinkan sports underwear over his yellow-colored costume. The children magazine is the “holy book” for Dinkoists, the followers of this novel faith.

Dinkoism: A parody religion that challenges absurdity of traditional religions - KulharPhoto credits: Holy Dinkan Religion

Dinkoists believe that Dinkan, the supreme God, was born in Pankila forest in Kerala. He was a naughty, undisciplined mouse who was once captured by aliens. They performed several experiments on him, due to which Dinkan gained superior strength and an ability to fly. When he found himself in the forest after some time, the mouse decided to use his powers for others’ well being.

Also, just as every religion has its own ‘Big Bang’ theory on how the world came into existence, Dinkoists believe that the present universe was created when Dinkan began laughing out of boredom. It was his laughter that created space and time and the planes of existence, claim Dinkoists with a ‘firm’ belief. Dinkoists also have their own rituals, symbols, priests and devotional songs to please their deity.

Dinkoism A parody religion that challenges stupidity of all religions - Kulhar

Dinkoism: A parody religion that challenges absurdity of traditional religions - KulharPhoto credits: Holy Dinkan Religion

In the past nine years, Dinkoism has grown into a community with more than one lakh followers across India and worldwide. The community members regularly receive threats from several religious groups, but they never give in. With a strong presence on social media, Dinkoists are particularly outspoken against gender equality, godmen, and practices such as polygamy and child marriage. Their God is male though.

To ensure their religion continues to flourish, about 500 Dinkoists gathered in Kozhikode last year to demand ‘minority’ status from the government. They even staged a mock protest against a Malayalam film named Professor Dinkan, claiming that the film hurt their ‘religious sentiments’.

Dinkoists are now considering to enter into politics. “We are like any other religion. If smaller factions can contest the polls, why not we? Anyway, this time we are not contesting, but will play a significant role in the polls,” said a follower, Sojan Joseph to Deccan Chronicle.

In times when religions are being used to serve vested interests, Dinkoism has succeeded in giving a creative and befitting reply to self-appointed guardians of different religions and their illogical beliefs. Appreciating the use of humor to offset the rising religious intolerance, Kozhikode district collector Prasanth Nair says, “Dinkoism is a religion where you learn to take things lightly and become tolerant to things that you don’t appreciate otherwise… it makes sense to promote this religion”.

Dinkoism: A parody religion that challenges stupidity of all religions - KulharPhoto credits: NewIndianExpress