A professor at Perkins Theological Seminary taught a class on comparative religion.
“Class, in Japan, Catholics were persecuted upon pain of death by the government. Japanese Catholics would keep statues of Kannon in their homes and treated the female deity Kannon as the image of the Virgin Mary.”
“Kannon, as you may or may not know, is a manifestation of the Buddhist deity Avalokiteśvara.”
A student raised his hand.
“Sir, isn’t the Dalai Lama ALSO considered a manifestation of Avalokiteśvara?”
“Yes, that’s true.”
“OMG Everyone! The Dalai Lama gave birth to Jesus!”
The professor stood, stoic and stumped and so well “had” that he knew recovery was a wasted effort. He quickly went to discussing the midterm to keep himself from cracking up.