Piety and Promethean Offerings

Monsanto is being sued in India for potentially having violated restrictions on the creation of genetically modified organisms (in this case, a strain of eggplant). Le Monde has a report on the Indian response, which concludes with this tantalizing paragraph:

L’aubergine, très présente dans l’alimentation quotidienne partout dans le pays, est aussi utilisée comme offrande religieuse. Dans le temple d’Udupi, dans le sud de l’Inde, les fidèles du dieu Krishna s’étaient ainsi violemment opposés à la commercialisation de l’aubergine génétiquement modifiée. Ils craignaient desusciter la colère de leur divinité en lui offrant des légumes “impurs”.

The sacral order is alive and well in India, even as the West draws that ancient world headlong into its own Promethean transgressions. It sounds as though these denizens of the Deccan are asking the right question: how will their god feel about his subjects choosing to play god?

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