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?