Monthly Archives: February 2007

Cultural Relativism

“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.”

General Sir Charles Napier (1782-1853), commenting on the Indian tradition of Sati (suttee)

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