Emergency! This Samosa is Too Christian

Chamuças de Goa. Chamuças (samosas) from Goa.

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I genuinely burst out laughing reading a free paper on the train into work this morning. Muslims in Samalia have apparently decreed Samosas as too Christian and banned them.

Quite how a food can be deemed religious is beyond me, but it seems that’s the case and soSomaliawill now have to do without.

The ludicrousness of a deity loving foodstuff aside, if one was to associate Samosas with any religion its not going to be Christianity. Samosas are a triangular snack of meat or vegetable wrapped in pastry and fried. They are generally very tasty and I have no problem enjoying them. I believe they originate fromIndia, which is not the source of Christianity. If one was to associate them with any religion, my guess would be Hinduism.

However, sinceIndiahosts numerous religions I am not sure it is even credible to associate Samosas with any specific religion at all. Its a cultural snack which has migrated around the world and arguably transcends all cultures and therefore all religions.

Since the story comes from Somalia, its one that is worth looking into a little more because Somalia is currently a lawless hotbed of fighting factions and it would not at all surprise me if there are several ultra extremist organisations there fighting for some sort of control and my guess is that this is a decree by one such organisation in an attempt to flex some muscle and create headlines for itself.

A quick check reveals the following stories on the subject, http://www.indianexpress.com/news/somalias-islamist-group-bans-samosas-calling-it-too-western/823140/, http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/07/somalia-islamic-supremacists-ban-samosas-for-resembling-christian-trinity.html and http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2018858/Islamist-group-Somalia-bans-samosas-deciding-theyre-Western.html?ito=feeds-newsxml where it seems that pretty much everyone in the world feels the same way about it as I do.

Extremism is Dangerous


This kind of exclusion is divisive and after the laughter has subsided there is a very serious issue to consider. People are likely going to suffer and possibly even be killed over this.

In a country that has many other issues to face, namely the feeding of its people, this grasping for power can have no positive effect at all.