(meant to get back to this sooner)
yes, Ashoka and Hitler were based.
>I have of course no desire to force my beliefs onto the entire planet and all people regardless of race and quality like Abrahamists do, but I think that it is their zealotry has granted them much success in spreading all over the Earth and stomping out other traditions.
Abrahamic faiths have certain inherent qualities -- the claim that they are the one and only truth, rejection of other belief systems, and xenophobic aggression by way of direct violence and/or subversion. much like Marxism, they are ideological viruses that want to infect the whole world, and the viral strategy must not be underestimated, given its deadly effectiveness in the natural world. as an aside, our own meme magic is essentially based on the viral strategies of proliferation, mutation, and recombination.
>It's no coincidence at all that the only major religious purge to take place that readily comes to mind done by non-Abrahamics is on Abrahamics, i.e. in Tokugawa Japan when Christians were quite literally purged for being subversives:
even though I was raised Catholic, I always thought Edo Japan was based for this. they were valiantly defending their culture, and this was one of the few times in history when a religion was defeated without being actively subjugated/displaced by another religion (eg Islamic conquest of Zoroastrianism, Christian conquest of Paganism, etc). even so, Japanese Christianity survived underground among kakure kirishitans, or Hidden Christians, who practiced an amalgamated form of Catholicism with Eastern influences. their strange scriptures are known as the Beginning of Heaven and Earth, and there's a documentary on the surviving remnants; an interesting story.
btw, when Tokugawa Japan hunted Christians, they would test them with fumi-e, which were metal plates engraved with images of the Madonna or the Crucifixion. suspected Christians were asked to stamp their foot on it, and say they don't believe it; if they refused, they were outed, which meant torture and eventually execution for those who would not recant.
>Imagine seething this hard over a statue.
that's another aspect of Abrahamism -- iconoclasm, the tendency to censor, vandalize, and tear down works of art. it's not something seen in Dharmic religion, at least not to my knowledge.