Monday, July 27, 2009

How badly would you like it to rain?

How's the weather in your part of the world? I know where we just moved from in South Texas it hasn't rained in a little over 2 months. We were under a burn ban and didn't even get to shoot fireworks on the 4th of July. I thought we had it pretty bad until I read a story this morning...

In Patna, India they are having the worst start of their monsoon season in eight decades. Farmers there are so desperate for rain that they've decided to combat it in a very unusual (at least to me) way: by having their unmarried daughters plow their fields naked while chanting ancient hymns. They believe that this will embarrass the weather gods into sending rain. I'm not kidding.

Upendra Kumar, a village council official, said "They (villagers) believe their acts would get the weather gods badly embarrassed, who in turn would ensure bumper crops by sending rains. This is the most trusted social custom in the area and the villagers have vowed to continue this practice until it rains very heavily."

I don't know about you but that would be one time that I'd be very happy to be married. (Of course I'm always happy to be married but you know what I mean :-D) The only upside I can see is that they wait until after sunset to start. To me that's just crazy but then I stop and think about it and I remember that Native Americans do rain dances so maybe it's not so different. Except they're not dancing. And they're naked. Hopefully they'll get rain soon and those poor girls can put some clothes on!


maryt/theteach said...

ROFLMHO! Kathy, come'on now. I would be bad enough for the young women to plow the fieldss but NAKED?? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

maryt/theteach said...

"It" "fields"

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