Thursday, February 09, 2006

Hindus, Sikhs unite in Britain

Care for the souls of the dead has brought Hindus and Sikhs together in Great Britain. Both religious groups are petitioning the city of Newcastle, England for the right of open-air cremation. Currently, British law requires all cremations to take place in gas-powered furnaces. Both Hindus and Sikhs do not prefer this method because it leads to mingling of ashes, which they believe impedes the soul on its journey to its next life form.

You never know what you'll get with multiculturalism. At least this one shouldn't lead to calls for the downfall of the government. The number of Hindus and Sikhs in Britain surprised me as well. Hindus number just over 500,000 and Sikhs just over 300,000. I expected the numbers to be larger for both.


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