Friday, November 5, 2010

Hindusi* (for Hinduis*)

This week is Diwali, the festival of lights in Hinduism, Jainism and Sikhism. This holiday involves the lighting of lamps, wearing new clothes and eating sweets. It celebrates the return of Lord Rama from his fourteen-year exile. While you're celebrating, check your catalog to make sure you haven't misspelled the name of the religion. While this is not a common typo (Section E-lowest probability on the Ballard list), I found it in the title field in both the OhioLINK and WorldCat catalogs, several times when it was the only word in the title. So go find those books, learn more about Hinduism and make sure your patrons can, too!

Liz Bodian
Chicago Public Library

Image of Rangoli decorations from Wikimedia Commons.

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