It’s rumoured that Britney Spears – while briefly in the throes of her Madonna-imitation stage – once said in a conversation about religion "Hinduism? Is that like Kabbalah?" But it looks like she’s been boning up.
As part of her seemingly ferocious tear-through of each major religion, Britney has cast aside her Baptist past and her Kabbalah flirtation to embrace the virtues of being a Hindu. This dabbling is thought to only last for about three days, after which Britney Spears will decide to plunge headfirst into the world of extreme fundamentalist Islam.
Britney Spears (CDs) has been seen taking time off from her normal pursuits of dressing badly and laughing at her husband’s cack-handed rapping
to seek some spiritual guidance at a Malibu Hindu temple, according to
TMZ.com. Why? Because even slightly out-of-touch pop megastars need
guidance, you see. That or maybe Britney wants to put a tabla somewhere
on her new album.
We’re not sure why Britney Spears decided to go to a Hindu temple to
seek guidance and emotional support. Perhaps she turned to Hinduism
after realising that Toxic sounded vaguely Indian. But whatever the
reason, that’s what she did. And just like any well-meaning religious
man of the cloth, the minister in charge of Britney’s guidance was
quick to sell his side of the story to anyone who’d listen. Samundrala
Krishna Ma Charyulu recounted the encounter as follows:
"To be honest I didn’t even know who she was
until another visitor told me and all these photographers started
getting out of their cars … At first she and her baby joined us in prayer inside our Ganesh
Temple. I wrapped some Hindu cloth around them both and gave them some
flowers to wear as part of the ceremony … Britney started to cry a little afterwards and then
she was smiling but the whole time she was very humble and respectful."
What this means for Britney’s clear is also uncertain. Perhaps she plans to give up recording in pursuit of a simpler, more spiritual life away from the relentless media intrusion that has dogged her for all these years. Or maybe her new album will just end up sounding a bit like Kula Shaker, who knows?
[story by Stuart Heritage]