Drought-hit Indian village parades nude lad to please the rain gods

Several parts of India have already been facing a lengthy spell of drought this year and a serious heat wave, with several villages resorting to desperate measures to locate water

Several parts of India have already been facing a lengthy spell of drought this year and a serious heat wave, with several villages resorting to desperate measures to locate water. In a drought-hit village in southern India, a young boy was requested to parade naked as part of a ritual.

The ritual happened in Chitradurga district in the Pardarhalli hamlet in the southern state of Karnataka, which is facing a drought for the last five years, with an acute shortage of drinking water. The lad was bathed by the residents by pouring pots of water over his head, followed by prayers to an idol. The boy is subsequently took the idol across the village, accompanied by the beating of drums. Finally, he was offered new clothes within the ceremony.

That isn't the only uncommon resort to please the rain gods in India though. For instance, some parts invoke rain by organizing frog weddings and then sending the amphibians off after the ceremony.


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