Suffering from a drought? Have your daughter plow the field naked.

Over in India they’ve been suffering from a drought during what should be monsoon season. It’s the worst start to the rainy season they’ve had in eight decades and farmers are starting to get desperate. How desperate? Desperate enough to ask their unmarried daughters to plow the fields naked in hopes it will embarrass the Weather Gods:

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.”

It quite simply amazes me that in the 21st century this kind of silly superstition still exists. Though I suppose it’s not all that different from certain Christians invoking imprecatory prayers in hopes God will kill Obama. Both are just as delusional and stupid. At least the Indian delusion is an attempt to bring about something good even if it does mean increased risk of skin cancer for the girls.

I have to wonder, though, why they think it has to be unmarried girls? Why wouldn’t the Weather Gods be just as embarrassed by a bunch of naked old men plowing the fields? Or naked married women? Or naked unmarried boys? This is starting to sound more and more like an excuse to see a bunch of young girls plowing without their clothes on.

8 thoughts on “Suffering from a drought? Have your daughter plow the field naked.

  1. I suspect that it’s the *male* village elders who decided that unmarried girls would be best suited for this particular job.  Doubtless they must be watched closely so that they do a good job at the plowing.

  2. I would guess the implication is that they are virgins.  Even in the west we have all kinds of weird ideas about virginity, after all.  Since crops are closely tied to human fertility and the rituals that surround it, it doesn’t surprise me at all.

  3. It quite simply amazes me that in the 21st century this kind of silly superstition still exists.

    Your mistake is in assuming the 21st Century has reached us. In cases like this to call us medeival would be flattering.

  4. This is starting to sound more and more like an excuse to see a bunch of young girls plowing without their clothes on.

    You say that like it was a BAD thing!  tongue wink
    And, like ***Dave said.  cheese
    Then, again, if they asked for “virgins,” some families may be surprised at the small turn-out.  gulp

  5. LOL!  You scooped Conan!

    Watching his show tonight, 7/24, he used the nekkid girls plowing fields story.  Too cool!

    Now if there’s any nekkid girls that need plowing, give me a call…

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