Naked girls plow fields for rain

Friday, July 31, 2009
Yet another stupid Indian practice.

PATNA, India (Reuters) - Farmers in an eastern Indian state have asked their
unmarried daughters to plow parched fields naked in a bid to embarrass the
weather gods to bring some badly needed monsoon rain, officials said on
Witnesses said the naked girls in Bihar state plowed the fields
and chanted ancient hymns after sunset to invoke the gods. They said elderly
village women helped the girls drag the plows.

"They (villagers) believe
their acts would get the weather gods badly embarrassed, who in turn would
ensure bumper crops by sending rains," Upendra Kumar, a village council
official, said from Bihar's remote Banke Bazaar town.

"This is the most
trusted social custom in the area and the villagers have vowed to continue this
practice until it rains very heavily."

India this year suffered its
worst start to the vital monsoon rains in eight decades, causing drought in some

(Writing by Bappa Majumdar Editing by Sugita Katyal)


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