Thursday, January 12, 2006

Stampede in Mecca

According to CNN, 345 people has been killed in a stampede during a symbolic stoning ritual at the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. It is difficult for me to comprehend the purpose of this ritual. It seems, every year, people are killed during the ritual, then why continue?

But then, ritual are like habits. They may be difficult to change. Only those who practice it understand it. I don't. I can understand people gather together and worship together in public, but this stampede, I don't.

Maybe someone can explain it to me here.


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