Can't say I saw this when I was in India, but I don't think it would have surprised me. I saw stranger things...

From Yahoo! News

PATNA, India (Reuters) – 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."

India this year suffered its worst start to the vital monsoon rains in eight decades, causing drought in some states.

(Writing by Bappa Majumdar Editing by Sugita Katyal)

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Comment by Tak G. on July 24, 2009 at 2:11pm
In a related story, Zeus told me that the rates of skin cancer in the female population will be skyrocketing in the next couple of years. :P
Comment by Dave Rogers on July 24, 2009 at 2:08pm
Sounds like a man came up with this idea. At least they're not stoning them to death for loosing their virginity through rape like some Muslims did to some poor 13 year old girl. I'm growning numb now from all the shocks of insanity there is in the name of religion.

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