Hindu devotees rock up to get stoned for the goddess Kali

Hindu devotees rock up to get stoned for the goddess Kali November 10, 2018

This is how the India’s annual Pathron Ka Mela festival works: each year Hindu villagers near Shimla in Himachal Pradesh pelt one another with stones, and the person who gets to bleed first is regarded as ‘honoured’, and gets to smear his  blood on the goddess’s forehead.

This year ritual, held earlier this week, lasted only 30 minutes. It was stopped when Jamogi of Khund village was injured and started bleeding.

Local administrators and human rights activists have been discouraging the villagers from engaging in this dangerous nonsense but they are not willing to give it up. After all, they’ve been doing it for almost 400 years, according to this NDTV report.

A YouTube video shot at the 2016 ritual shows people people being treated for injuries at a first aid centre specially set up for the event.

Two comments on NDTV say:

No wonder I feel like we still live in stone ages in this country

And:

This is symbolic of what is happening allover India today. Half the population is throwing stones at the other half.

Hat tip: Gaurav Tyagi

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  • Raging Bee

    Worship of Kali and other Hindu gods dates back much further than 400 years. So what idiot thought this would be a brilliant new way to worship Kali? Not sure I’d have wanted to be reading that guy’s thoughts as he came up with that idea…

  • Jim Jones

    Well, they’ll stone you when you’re trying to be so good
    They’ll stone you just like they said they would
    They’ll stone you when you’re trying to go home
    And they’ll stone you when you’re there all alone
    But I would not feel so all alone
    Everybody must get stoned

    Well, they’ll stone you when you’re walking on the street
    They’ll stone you when you’re tryin’ to keep your seat
    They’ll stone you when you’re walkin’ on the floor
    They’ll stone you when you’re walkin’ to the door
    But I would not feel so all alone
    Everybody must get stoned

    They’ll stone you when you’re at the breakfast table
    They’ll stone you when you are young and able
    They’ll stone you when you’re tryin’ to make a buck
    Then they’ll stone you and then they’ll say “good luck”
    Tell ya what, I would not feel so all alone
    Everybody must get stoned

  • Drat

    When stupid/abhorrent shit is defended as being traditional, I’m reminded of something my dad said to me some time in the early 90’s. I had my hat on backwards because the “cool” kids at school did it. He said something to the effect of “If they were walking around with broomsticks shoved up their arses, would you do it too?”

  • Drat

    Why we do it, who can say?
    But it’s such a festive holiday!

    So let the stomping fun begin,
    bash their weaselly skulls right in.
    It’s tradition, that makes it okaaay!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k76IGLi6jWI