|Jesus alongside Ganesha, the son of Shiva and the Hindu "remover of obstacles"|
The mentalities that these two cultures share is what Sorokin deems “ascetic ideationalism,” in which individuals seek to satisfy themselves by minimizing carnal needs and by supplementing themselves with a complete detachment from the sensate, “illusory” world and themselves. Here are some examples of how this mentality is similarly revealed through art:
|Above and below: Illustrations from the Book of Kells (c. 800 CE)|
|An example of a copper Sri Yantra|
|Carvings along the walls of the Sun Temple of Modhera (1026 CE)|
|One of the Bucovina Painted Monasteries|
This adherence to the ideal type of the ascetic ideational mentality reveals similarities between two cultures that are not often compared. In the future, I would like to do more research on why exactly these similarities exist – be it due to regional proximity between the Early Christians and the Hindus or derivations of Hindu thought in Abrahamic religions – who knows! There are many implications for this research that require further attention, and I hope my preliminary study inspires reactions from students in other fields.