Non-Christian Pareidolia

Alex has posted a lot of stories about pareidolia (seeing things that aren't objectively there). Most of the pareidolism (word?) one sees in America is Christian-related. People tend to see Jesus and/or his Mom all over the place.

In the interest of providing equal time to religious hallucinations of a non-Christian nature, I present:

Pareidolia Ganesha

Posted on Thu Oct 23, 2008


CMG, the link is messed up. I was able to access it by taking off the quotation marks at the beginning and the end of the article and deleting the MoH url at the beginning, but it didn't link automatically.
Posted by Tah  in  Idaho (Yes, Idaho)  on  Thu Oct 23, 2008  at  04:50 PM
Fixed it! It was a "smart quotes versus dumb quotes" problem.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Thu Oct 23, 2008  at  05:02 PM
...The picture of the flower doesn't really do any good when you have no idea what Lord Ganesh (is anyone else thinking of chocolate?) LOOKS LIKE.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Fri Oct 24, 2008  at  12:14 AM
He's the "Elephant Head" god, Maegan.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Fri Oct 24, 2008  at  01:44 AM
Outside of the USA, there is a lot of Pareidolia relating to Q'uranic verses, the name of the prophet etc turning up in sliced vegetables (especially aubergines). Islamic pareidolia will be text-based as it is forbidden to make images of the prophet.
Posted by Sarah  on  Fri Oct 24, 2008  at  05:42 AM
last article - Allah meat
Posted by oppiejoe  in  Michigan - USA  on  Fri Oct 24, 2008  at  07:01 AM
In Taiwan a few years ago, one of my Jewish friends from California visiting the island where his son had married a local woman, told me he SAW an image of a teffilin, prayer shawl, on a rock in the Taroko Gorge. He has the photo to prove it, and i looked, and yes, there is an image of a Jewish prayer shawl and tsitis on the rock face of one of the rock canyons on Taiwan's east coast. If anyone wants to see it, email me

danbloom at the GMAIL account shop
Posted by Danny Blo0om  on  Sat Oct 25, 2008  at  10:57 PM
Consistent use of the word Pareidolia, since it's a tough word to memorize, is great. But this pic is just a head; the best artwork about Ganesh is that he's a chubby whole body manifestation; and what about the rodent that does his administrative work? (Has any great Hindu artwork upgraded the administrative rodents' tools to a desktop?)
Respectful of Ganesh, and frankly fascinated, since he was featured in an early 60's Trixie Belden mystery.
Posted by SallyMutant  on  Mon Oct 27, 2008  at  01:35 AM
I just ate a piece of bacon shaped like California. Does that count as non-christian pareidolia?
Posted by Sarah  on  Tue Oct 28, 2008  at  06:24 PM
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