It is quite strange in some places in India, the people are so superstitious, they reach the highest crest of hyperbole and do weird things. It is neither a religious compulsion nor an accepted convention in Hinduism. Such myths and superstitions often overtake rationality and clear thinking. Superstition is retrograde and will not help the society. Rather such weird rituals give us a good laugh at a time when our lives are dogged down by dull and drab stuff.
One positive aspect of this unusual ritual is at a time when human- animal conflict is at the lowest ebb as it is confirmed by reports of of elephants getting electrocuted or getting killed on the train tracks, trespassing by wild animals into human settlements near wooded areas, etc., people worship animals and consider them as part of their lives.
Mock-wedding between a girl and a peepal tree or dog:
|Marrying to Peepal tree or Dog. 9Kudos|
|Marrying to Peepal tree or Dog. |
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Frog and rain:
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In some villages in Mysore, the frog is kept in a pot containing neem leaves an twigs. Before that the frog is given a bath and smeared with vemillian. Then a boy carries the pot with the frog on his head and is taken around a village Once the puja is done, the amphibian is released into the water bodies. The Kappe puja lasts for three hours normally from 9.30 Am till 12.30 pm. Normally this puja is performed at a temple. The superstitious practice has been in vogue for a long time.
Donkey wedding and rain:
|A priest performing the marriage of donkeys at Uppalur village in Kadapa district.The \\Hindu|
Mind you in some places in the state Tamil Nadu, I have heard people tell me,that the groom is a young man and the bride is a donkey!! Imagine what will happen if the donkey gives a nice, strong kick in the erogenous zone?
House with a resting place for cobras:
|Shetpal village. YouTube|
I already posted an article on Shetpal village: http://navrangindia.blogspot.in/2014/11/shetpal-villageindia-where-guests-are.html
Shetpal is a small village in Sholapur district of Maharastra state where each house has a resting place for live cobras - in the rafters above the ceiling. There they roost, relax and breed and the villagers, including children, are not afraid of them. They say there are no major incidences of fatal snake-bite.it is really a scary things to see kids handing the deadly cobras as if they were toys. New houses are built with a place for the reptiles to reside!!
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