Naked Girls Plow Fields to Shame Rain Gods

When it doesn’t rain for a while, whose fault is it? If you’re an atheist, it’s just natural cause and effect. If you’re a fundie Christian, it’s God or Satan or angels. And if you’re part of a village in Bihar, India, it’s the weather gods who need to be shamed into letting it rain. And who better to embarrass the gods than naked unmarried women plowing fields?

I’m not even a god, and I’m a bit shamed by it. Maybe it’ll work:

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 Thursday.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 states.

Unfortunately, there do not seem to be any photos of this event. Sorry guys.

Most Western believers would laugh at the foolish superstition of these people — but is there really any difference between this and believing God/Allah/Zeus sends or withholds rain?

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  • Siberia

    I think the logic is flawless. However, the weather goddesses may not be shamed, but simply outraged (or unimpressed), which is why they should include handsome young males in the naked parade plowing. Y’know, to cover all fields.

    • Francesc

      unmarried and naked young male and female together, on the fields… it’s just my imagination, or it could get very embarrasing?

      • Siberia

        Or hot. Which would be counterproductive.

  • vorjack

    I think that most people of the Abrahamic faiths would sneer at the notion that their deity could be shamed. God is beyond such human emotions as embarrassment.

    Jealousy on the other hand …

    • Demosthenes

      Don’t forget emotional pain. We can harm him with our words. We must harness this into a weapon….

  • Daniel Fincke

    I imagine the rain gods will be more shamed by their people’s stupidity and willingness to demoralize their daughters than their worshippers’ beautiful naked bodies.

    *this reinterpretation of the gods’ thinking is offered in the Western spirit of updating archaic beliefs for modern sensibilities without just chucking them altogether as outdated superstitions

    • Ben

      do you mean demoralize within their own ideology? Because otherwise it seems like you’re subscribing to the notion that nudity crosses a moral line.

      • Camels With Hammers

        Demoralized as in embarrassed, made to feel of lesser worth and dignity, etc. I’m not an expert on India or local people’s “ideologies” as you put it, but I’m pretty sure it’s just as degrading to be forced to do public labor nude there as it is in the West. And the article confirms this since these farmers are trying to embarrass their gods whose girls are being forced into the fields naked.

        • Camels With Hammers

          now, I do grant that it’s possible that since this is supposedly a “sacred” custom, that it’s possible the girls won’t experience it as a shameful or dignity reducing experience but as a duty and an honorable opportunity to save their village. I’m not sure in that case whether or not you could still say it’s intrinsically demeaning in a way that transcends local approval. There are some times when people are okay with things they objectively shouldn’t be. There are other times when the goodness and badness and rightness and wrongness are relative to localized feeling. It’s hard for me to gauge which case this would be in the scenario where the girls were a hundred percent on-board and didn’t feel degraded. It’s hard to say if there is any intrinsic harm in this case.

  • Question-I-thority

    When I was a kid my parents would always pray at the beginning of a trip for safe weather. This caused me to wonder what unlucky, non-praying family received the storm front God had to move out of our way.

  • Neil

    This is no different (but sexier, potentially) than the Governor of Georgia have a call to prayer to end the drought in his state last year.

    • Yoav

      They should try the naked option you never know god may be turned on and something liquid will come down from the sky although it may not be exactly rain.

  • Custador

    Social customs differ. Japanese women work topless in the fields, but wouldn’t dream of letting a stranger see their feet – one of the many reasons I’d like to move to Japan ;)

    What a boring world we’d be in if we were all the same, eh?

    • LRA

      日本が大好きです。 (Nihon ga daisuki desu! I love Japan!) :)

  • Olaf

    I think they only used the gods as an excuse to see them naked LOL

  • L. Jerome

    Perfect set-up… just like prayer, or “The Secret”… ask some metaphysical force for something, repeat until it is delivered. If it takes a really long time to be delivered, well wow, look at all that praying and asking and naked plowing I had to do…good thing I started early.

    Or if the rain comes right away, look at the amazing power of our naked plowing! Proof!

    I’m guessing it will rain someday…someday. Whenever that day comes, they will have their faith bolstered.

  • DDM

    How would this shame a god, exactly? It’s like…punching yourself and hoping God gets angry about it.

    • Francesc

      Cultural differencies? Maybe he don’t consider thet is the naked girl who should be ashamed, but the man who see her. I think that’s the reasoning for muslim’s burka, too

  • LRA

    Could we get some of them ne’ked girls here in Texas. This drought is killing us!

    • LRA

      Update: We got some much needed rain today!!! Thanks to those ne’ked dancin’ girls! :)

    • JK

      Well LRA how about you making the start? And how about sharing the event by posting pictures of it here?
      Was worth a try…

      • LRA

        No, no, no. It only works if the virginal girls from India do it. I am disqualified on both counts…

        ; )

        • JK

          For the pleasure of seeing you that way I’d be willing to break all rules ;-)

          • LRA

            Ha! Shameless flirtation will get you nowhere! ;)

            • Daniel Florien

              The Flying Spaghetti Monster HATES flirting. You will all burn in the sauce forever!!!! REPENT EVILDOERS

            • LRA

              Daniel, you warned me! :)

            • Teleprompter

              Can’t you see that LRA is also a prophet??

              “Ha! Shameless flirtation will get you nowhere! ;)”

              Those are the words of someone who has devoted her life to His Noodly Appendage. R’amen!

            • LRA


  • trj

    Has it occured to anyone that the men in the village are a bunch of sneaky, lazy bastards using young girls and old women to do their job for them?

  • MahouSniper

    They will continue until it rains. Sound foolproof. I wonder if it’ll work.

  • Bissrok

    So… if your daughter’s out plowing a field naked, that doesn’t embarrass you, it embarrasses the weather? And, when embarrassed, the weather god’s immediately decide to make it rain?

    It’s such a simple and elegant way of manipulating higher beings into catering to your every whim.

  • Mogg

    Maybe that’s where we’re going wrong! We’ve been in drought for 12 years where I am with bad signs for this year as well, but I don’t think anyone’s suggested this option.

  • Matt Oxley

    pics or it didn’t happen

    • Anthony David Jacque

      I was just thinking that, but I scrolled down and you beat me to it.

      Still… PICS!

  • Paul O’Donnell

    I wonder what percentage of these naked women plowing the fields do it because they really believe it works and what percentage are doing it because they are just not strong enough to resist the peer pressure.

    And what percentage of the men really believed it would work, what percentage thought it was just a good way to get the women to do all the work and what percentage were just perverts?

  • Dauragon

    Best superstitious practice ever.

  • trj

    Hey, could you maybe tone down the naked plowing over there? We’re currently getting more than enough rain here in Denmark.

  • Carmina

    I’m sure all the obvious comments will be made…so I’m not going to add.

    Seems like a particularly tribal approach to the pleading part of worship. It makes me wonder, do their goddesses really care that much about the display of human flesh? I RTFA but it’s extremely light on details, nothing to suggest why the goddesses might care… If it’s not the nakedness, perhaps it’s the servile behavior, or maybe it’s the labor of the task against parched ground.

  • Kaz Dragon

    Eventually, it will rain, and they will claim they were right.

  • Nathan

    From what I’ve heard of Zeus, though, he wouldn’t be ASHAMED by seeing naked women. It would be more likely that all of India’s daughters would be pregnant with demigods within a week.

  • bigjohn756

    Well, I hope that The Big Picture is there to document this newsworthy event.

  • Kodie

    It seems this thread has turned to humor, and while I do have my humorous side about me, I still think this is kind of disgusting and oughtn’t be so funny to people. Women are being demeaned somewhere because of a religious belief.

    Back to humor, I get the Seinfeld reference: “Naked hair brushing – good. Naked crouching – bad.” I imagine naked plowing, also bad.

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  • Rick Astley

    Ok God says copulate with neighbours in front of my camera, then it’ll rain.