Umm, I know that some people take their religion very seriously. And being an atheist, I have to be careful not to be overly dismissive of other people's beliefs – each to their own and all that. But I draw the line at this.
Seriously. Chopping off ones own hand as an offering to a goddess(even one as scary as Kali) is totally insane. I'm not blaming Hinduism. It is a wacky religion, but then aren't they all?
One would imagine that the particular man involved (and it's pretty much always men, isn't it) would have done the same thing for Christ, or Yahweh, or Allah, or Tirthankara, or Zarathustra, or Amaterasu, or possibly even the Buddha or Lao Tzu.
It just gets to me that people harm themselves (and worse still others) in the name of religion.
Right. Enough out of me this morning.