Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Religion Poisons Hiking

Maybe it's too much to say that religion poisons everything, but it certainly can ruin a hike:

A stampede at a hill-top temple in western India killed more than 147 people and wounded 55 others who had gathered to celebrate the start of a religious holiday on Tuesday, police said.

More than 25,000 devotees were trying to reach the 15th-century temple through a steep and narrow pathway when the stampede occurred around dawn Tuesday, officials said.

...The crowd had gathered to celebrate the start of Navaratri or nine nights. For nine nights and 10 days, Hindus worship the various forms of a Hindu goddess.
Faith-based stampedes: equal parts tragic and unnecessary.

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