We did start the fire

An ‘air purification’ ritual by Indian priests in Tokyo is one of the dumbest things I’ve seen done in a while.

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This is one of the dumbest things I’ve seen done in a while:

The Asian News International network tweeted that a group of Indian priests had performed a long yagya in Tokyo for the express purpose of purifying the environment. A yagya (or a yagna, although I am not sure if they’re the same) typically involves keeping a pyre of wooden logs lubricated with ghee burning for a long time. So a plea to the gods to clear the airs was encoded in many kilograms of carbon dioxide? Clearly these god-fearing gentlemen insist that they will accept only the gods’ solutions to their problems – not anyone else’s, no matter how motivated. I dearly hope that, if nothing else, the event will create an ironic awareness of what is at stake.

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One thought on “We did start the fire”

  1. Well said. Polluting atmosphere through a Yagna with the ostensible goal of reducing pollution is both ironic and idiotic in equal measure.
    Thank you.

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