Over in India they’ve been suffering from a drought during what should be monsoon season. It’s the worst start to the rainy season they’ve had in eight decades and farmers are starting to get desperate. How desperate? Desperate enough to ask their unmarried daughters to plow the fields naked in hopes it will embarrass the Weather Gods:
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.”
It quite simply amazes me that in the 21st century this kind of silly superstition still exists. Though I suppose it’s not all that different from certain Christians invoking imprecatory prayers in hopes God will kill Obama. Both are just as delusional and stupid. At least the Indian delusion is an attempt to bring about something good even if it does mean increased risk of skin cancer for the girls.
I have to wonder, though, why they think it has to be unmarried girls? Why wouldn’t the Weather Gods be just as embarrassed by a bunch of naked old men plowing the fields? Or naked married women? Or naked unmarried boys? This is starting to sound more and more like an excuse to see a bunch of young girls plowing without their clothes on.