5 Responses to Giving It a Whirl

  1. Michael June 9, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

    To what do you refer? My guess would be whoever did it does not know the difference between Muslim and Hindu mendicants.

    • Roderick June 9, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

      To what do you refer?

      It’s a classic song; here’s a version from 1938, and here’s a more recent version. As you can see, the song is driven by a deep concern to get the details of the various religious traditions exactly right.

  2. Michael June 10, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    Wow. Such a fine display of ignorance. Well, I suppose there’s no need for mention that a dervish would not have a “girlfriend…” And the Muppet version only makes it worse.

  3. Michael June 10, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

    If they had used the word “fakir” that could work, because it has come to reference Hindu mendicants as well, although the girl-friend part is still out, though I suppose boys will be boys… Fakir doesn’t quite have the same ring to it I suppose.

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