Monday, September 18, 2006

Maybe I Could Just Be a Lapsed Marxist

India has developed a ritual for renouncing Communism that might not appeal to many:

Calcutta, Sept. 17: After decades of chanting the Marxist mantra, if a communist, like transport minister Subhas Chakraborty...has a change of heart and wants to embrace
Hinduism, there is a certain way they need to follow, say pandits and purohits.

The priests hold that since Chakraborty has been a communist for long and has probably eaten beef during the period, he should observe a purification ritual.

Which is:

Mix equal proportions of milk, curd, ghee, cow urine and cow dung and lace it with honey. Taken at sunrise after a bath, it is said to cleanse the body of past sins and bring one back into the Hindu fold.

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