Monday, September 24, 2007

Service rendered

Writing at Pickled Politics about the fuss in India over proposals to build a bridge on a holy site, Rumbold writes:

In the Hindu epic the Ramayana, the hero Lord Ram sets out to destroy the terrible demon Ravana, who resides in what is now Sri Lanka. To cross from India to Sri Lanka, Ram constructs a bridge by quelling the sea, and uses monkeys to help him build it. I enjoyed reading the (shortened version of the) Ramayana greatly, but could not say whether this story was true or not.
Let me help: it isn't true. There are no gods and monkeys don't build bridges.

Religions do, however, make people stupid.

No comments: