Well, this is just embarrassing for my people.
Not as bad as having to marry a tree before your husband, but still nothing to be proud of.
Indian astrologers are predicting violence and turmoil across the world as a result of this week’s total solar eclipse, which the superstitious and religious view as a sign of potential doom.
In Hindu mythology, the two demons Rahu and Ketu are said to “swallow” the sun during eclipses, snuffing out its life-giving light and causing food to become inedible and water undrinkable.
Pregnant women are advised to stay indoors to prevent their babies developing birth defects, while prayers, fasting and ritual bathing, particularly in holy rivers, are encouraged.
How are Indian people so good with math and science, yet so prone to irrational, unscientific stupidity?
There’s at least one voice of reason:
Sanal Edamaruku, president of the Indian Rationalist Association, dismissed such doomsday predictions.
“Primarily, what we see with all these soothsayers and astrologers is that they’re looking for opportunities to enhance their business with predictions of danger and calamity,” he told AFP.
But wait! He’s not the only one!
There’s an astrologer who also has some words of wisdom:
Siva Prasad Tata, who runs the Astro Jyoti website, straddles the two worlds.
“There’s no need to get too alarmed about the eclipse, they are a natural phenomenon,” the astrologer told AFP.
Wow… that makes sense… does an astrologer actually have something intelligent to say?
But he added: “During the period of the eclipse, the opposite attracting forces are very, very powerful. From a spiritual point of view, this is a wonderful time to do any type of worship.
“It will bring about good results, much more than on an ordinary day.”
Son of a bitch…
Here’s another question: Why is Phil Hazlewood, the presumably non-Indian reporter, writing about the astrologers and their predictions as if they deserve an objective hearing? Just because you’re a journalist doesn’t mean both sides of your story have good points.
It’s not bias to say the astrologers are wrong. That’s a fact. So admit it.
(Thanks to Hector for the link!)