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Indian Women Asked to Plow Fields Naked For Rain

Modern women in eastern India have been asked to participate in an ancient tradition: plowing dry fields naked with the hope that it will embarrass the weather gods and urge them to respond with a much needed monsoon.

This year, Indian farmers are worrying over a very dry start to the monsoon season and having nude women plow the fields while chanting hymns is the most trusted custom among farmers. Interestingly, only unmarried women are allowed to participate.

If I were asked to plow fields naked to help California's drought problem, you could bet that more than the weather gods would be embarrassed.

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cakeshinigami cakeshinigami 8 years
I wouldn't get naked in front of men who think women are 2nd class citizens.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
A serious question: what will the village do if this doesn't work and it doesn't rain? Maybe the weather gods are okay with nudity... (okay that last part was a little joke. A TINY one. :D) In any case, weather all over the world's been weird the last couple of years, so I'm not surprised. Hope they get some rain soon for their crops!
staple-salad staple-salad 8 years
I think it's awesome! I'd so do that, it sounds fun. Then again, I have no qualms against nudity, and think cultural traditions are fascinating.
cherryblossom cherryblossom 8 years
I dont think we should down ages old traditions that arent killing or maiming anyone. Hey they could be an old culture that wanted to sacrifice some women for rain, but they arent, there could be a lot worse things to worry about here.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
"plowing dry fields naked with the hope that it will embarrass the weather gods and urge them to respond with a much needed monsoon." Man the things you could read into that.
MsWalton MsWalton 8 years
Do they really think this is going to work? Because all I see happening are sunburns and an increased risk in skin cancer.
mermei mermei 8 years
Well presumably there are not ancient southern Californian traditions that would ask it of you, so I imagine you're off the hook.
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