Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Who has a stronger tradition?

Professor Bainbridge:
"In a more culturally confident age, the British in India were faced with the practice of “suttee”—the tradition of burning widows on the funeral pyres of their husbands. General Sir Charles Napier was impeccably multicultural:

‘’You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: When men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours.”

I wonder what the Archbishop of Canterbury would make of that one? Anyway, I can’t wait for a chance to use that quote at faculty senate meeting."

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