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article imagePlowing Naked in India to Encourage Rain Storms

By M Dee Dubroff     Jul 25, 2009 in Odd News
Desperate farmers in an eastern Indian state have thrown their veil of modesty to the winds and have asked their unmarried daughters to embarrass the weather gods by plowing their dry fields a buffo. Read on for more bare details.
According to news sources, naked girls in the Bihar state of India plow their parents parched fields, invoking the aid of ancient gods through chants and hymns. In a nation known for its modesty, this is a desperate move to save their bumper crops and rid their land of the insidious drought, which is the worst it has been in the last eight decades.
The girls are being dutiful children as the request to plow the fields naked comes from their parents who hope to embarrass the weather gods and force them to bring some badly needed monsoon rain. Elderly women of the village are said to help the younger ones drag the plows after sunset across the dangerously dry fields.
In the words of Upendra Kumar, a village council official from Bihar’s remote Banke Bazaar town:
“They (villagers) believe their acts would get the weather gods badly embarrassed, who in turn would ensure bumper crops by sending rains. This is the most trusted social custom in the area and the villagers have vowed to continue this practice until it rains very heavily.”
Desperate times call for desperate measures, (although whoever said that probably had his clothes on).
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