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“The Sham Democracy and Their Ambiguous Leader…”

Topic:
Lincoln, McClellan, and the Northern Press
Source:
The Funniest of Awl and the Phunnyest Sort of Phun
Cartoonist:
Unknown
Date:
No. 4, 1864, pp. 8-9
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The festival at Puri, India, celebrating Juggernaut (“Jagannath” in Sanskrit), a large incarnation of the Hindu god, Krishna, involves thousands of participants pulling a huge statue of the deity through the streets on a chariot. After first encountering the event, Europeans claimed that some religiously fervid worshippers threw themselves into the path of the Juggernaut, which crushed them to death. In the mid-nineteenth century, the word “Juggernaut” began being used metaphorically to mean a powerful force that runs over anything in its path.

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