Mechanical Prayer

According to [Luis] Campos, [Charles R.] Crane in his youth deplored religious traditions. His earliest positive reaction to any religious object appears to have occurred when he saw Tibetan prayer wheels: the young businessman was greatly impressed by the idea, as Campos puts it, of “a machine that could do your praying for you.”

— Elif Batuman, “The Bells: How Harvard Helped Preserve a Russian Legacy”, The New Yorker, April 27, 2009.


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