"Ring the bell!" Munees whispered as I reached out to grasp the tantalizingly hefty rope hanging from it at the Hindu temple entrance.
"No!" I whispered back "I don't want to interrupt that guy chanting over there!" nodding towards the man in the long white robes. "What language is he speaking?"
"That's the Brahman, or priest, and he's chanting in Sanskrit. You're SUPPOSED to ring the bell...it's the way you say 'Hey! Gods! Wake up! Pay attention! I'm here to get my blessings!'"
At that, I laughed. Right out loud. The young couple kneeling at the Brahman's feet turned and smiled at me, and since I'd interrupted them already, I figured I'd ring the bell.