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Superstition and folly have been so widespread and so ancient in India that its forms are quite unbelievable. It is wrong to believe that in India truth and wisdom, virtue and altruism alone reigned, or reign: even more foolish to believe that the Hindu religion was or is associated solely with goodness. The great temples of the South drew a large part of their income from the prostitutes recruited by the priests for their service. Education and truth--the enemies of superstition--have been as absent from India as from other lands while priestcraft and exploitation have been as present.

-- Notebooks Category 15: The Orient > Chapter 2: India > # 142

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