“A fighter to the opponent, Strongest of the strong” – This maxim illuminates the eminence of ‘Lord Dinkan’ conforming to the believers of a new sect of religion called ‘Dinkoism’. Dinkan, a mighty superhero mouse which first appeared in a Malayalam Children’s weekly ‘Balamangalam’ in 1983, featuring a yellow suit, a red brief and a red cape has incredibly grown beyond the panels of a comic story and has now evolved as The God for thousands of Dinkoists-what the believers of Dinkan calls themselves.
Dinkoism is one of the world’s newest faiths started in 2008 by a group of atheists in the Indian state of Kerala, parodying the conventional religions but the believers are not propagating this as a parody religion and they are even trying to get the minority religion status. By making a mockery of conventional religious texts and symbols, the propagators bring out the absurdity of structured religions and exposes the fallacies and blind belief which has crept into the mainstream religions with an incredible degree of sarcasm. Inspired by the parody religion Pastafarianism, which worships a flying spaghetti as God, Dinkoism has its own holy book, symbols, devotional songs etc.
The large nose of Dinkan can detect minute cosmic events, Large ears can detect all audio frequencies, the red cape symbolises energy, power, and responsibility, the yellow dress reflects energy coming out of nuclear fusion, the star on the chest symbolises pure cosmic consciousness or the supreme power and most importantly wearing innerwear on top of the pants reflects humility, honesty, and transparency of Dinkan.
The holy scripture of Dinkoism is ‘Balamangalam’ which tells us the story of Dinkan and the believers often quote imaginary verses from Holy Balamangalam with the verse number and chapter number to substantiate their arguments. The original comics have Dinkan living in ‘Pankila Forest’, an imaginary place somewhere in Kerala from where he was abducted by aliens from an unknown planet in one of his adventures and their experiments on him ended up giving him super powers. He has Meettu rabbit as his close ally and he uses his super powers to protect the helpless animals in the forest and fights against their enemies. But Dinkoists have their own theories for the origin of the universe to believe that the world was formed when Dinkan was eating his favourite food cassava and let out a laugh when he was bored.
The Dinkoists even have an explanation of what Dinkan’s form signifies. The large nose of Dinkan can detect minute cosmic events, Large ears can detect all audio frequencies, the red cape symbolises energy, power, and responsibility, the yellow dress reflects energy coming out of nuclear fusion, the star on the chest symbolises pure cosmic consciousness or the supreme power and most importantly wearing innerwear on top of the pants reflects humility, honesty, and transparency of Dinkan.
According to believers, Dinkoism is the only religion where the more fanatic you get, the more peaceful you get. Dinkoists claims that they believe in rationalism and science. They also avow that Dinkoism is the most dignified and civilised way to make people understand what religion is all about. Religion like anything else needs to be deconstructed. When you observe Dinkoism and find something absurd, that’s really a mirror telling you what you need to know about your religion. Dinkoism can also be seen as a fitting reply to increasing intolerance and religious extremism in Indian politics. Lord Dinkan is so powerful that he’ll ensure nobody fights in the name of Lord Dinkan. You need not pray to Dinkan because he is not an egomaniac or a narcissist and he’ll not listen to your prayers as he is busy with supernova explosions and black holes. Dinkoism has no temples as well. All places where followers gather to discuss and debate creatively about Dinkoism are called Dinkalayams or the abode of Dinkan.
The super active social media culture of Kerala, tumultuous with political, religious, literature and movie debates convoyed by the sharp and humorous troll pages has been one of the major reason for sudden spreading out and reception of this alternative thought. They have been successful in giving a creative and fitting response to the intolerance people advocate in the name of religions. Ask a Dinkoist about the concept of heaven. With an infectious smile, he or she would retort- “Why should we look for another heaven when we can make heaven on Earth through good acts?”.
Om Dinkaya nama..Dinkalujah..Masha Dinka..!!