A village in Bihar, India is having a little drought problem. But they’ve figured out how to best motivate their weather gods to cooperate. By embarrassing them by making naked unmarried women plowing fields:
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.”
Oh, the stupidity! Or maybe it was a brilliant excuse by the men to get the young ladies naked. Either way, this is still no stupider than Scott Teague’s attempt to appease his Christian rain god by fighting to keep the Ten Commandments posted in a courthouse.