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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 8:31 pm    Post subject: Teen boy marry's a hill Reply with quote

Isn't this the strangest thing you have ever heard of? I know it is their culture so please don't get mad at me but this was so funny. Rire I'm sorry but it is. Again HAHA Surpris Rire He agreed to it as well. I'm sorry please don't be mad I just thought it was so funny and still do.



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RANCHI, India (AFP) - A teenage boy in a tribal village in eastern India wed a hill in order to appease its goddess and remove a curse placed on his mother, a report said.

The boy, Robin, married a hill named Lakshmi after the goddess of prosperity in the presence of a large number of witnesses in Jharkand state, the Hindustan Times said.

The boy's mother, who had fallen and hurt herself while trying to climb the hill, believed the goddess was unhappy with her. She started to pray to Lakshmi and after three months the deity visited her in a dream.

"The hill goddess asked me to get my son married with her. The marriage will help in getting rid of her curse," said Keswar Devi, who lives in Bordih village, some 170 kilometers (105 miles) southeast of the state capital Ranchi.

"I requested my son and he agreed for the marriage."

On Tuesday, Robin wore a traditional bridegroom's outfit and set out on foot with a large festive party from his village to the hill three kilometers away.

The 400 villagers washed the hill with water and Robin placed a garland at the top.

After the priest performed the wedding rituals, a reception was thrown by the groom's family.

"I have accepted the hill as my wife," said Robin. "I have no remorse."

A local anthropologist said it was not uncommon for tribal people to marry objects or animals.

"There are scores of examples that tribal people got married with trees, dogs and other animals," former Ranchi University anthropology professor V.S. Uppadhyah told AFP. "Their life is inextricably associated with nature."
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He married a hill?

Riiight.

Oh well, so long as he's happy. Confused

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hm. Very interesting.

You see, as an anthropologist of sorts I find these notes very interesting, because they show that some of the oldest cultural practices in the history of mankind are still alive and doing quite well.

This is what anthropologists call "animism"; basically it means that people think that objects or animals have an "anima" or soul, which is responsible for the phenomena and features of the object. Curiously, this concept is present in all cultures around the world at some point or another: in the Americas, Prehispanic cultures performed rituals of magic by association, in which a mountain, a hill, or any major geographical feature was thought to be either the home of an important deity, or a deity in itself. It was common to have rituals performed on these places, in order to appease or propitiate the deity; and in some cases there were even scaled-down representations of the hills in the ceremonial centers so that they could worship the deity without having to embark in long pilgrimages to the spot.

In this case in particular, I see it very clear; the mountain is named after the goddess of fortune, and by marrying the mountain, this boy was actually marrying the goddess. Sounds kind of strange to our Western mind, but it makes a lot of sense.

Now, the fact that the boy was merely married to the mountain is indeed evidence that this is a case of magic by anology: he marries the physical representation of an ethereal being. It is always possible to see and touch a mountain, while the goddess... well, you get the point.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As an afterthought, the Capitalist in me made me wonder; now that the boy is married to the mountain, does it mean he can claim ownership of it?? Tire la langue Is it now his mountain, and therefore everything on it belongs to him?? Clin d'oeil
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2006 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A hill ? huh How are they going to have babies ? Rire

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2006 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well at least he's not a human sacrafice, like Incas or Aztecs.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2006 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tommy_baby wrote:
Well at least he's not a human sacrafice, like Incas or Aztecs.


That's exactly what I was thinking. ^^

Hmm... well, Superyo, I dunno... how could they have babies... Hmm... your question reminds me of an old song by a Spanish group called Mecano, remember them? "Hijo de la Luna" (literally, "Son of the Moon"), which tells the story of how the moon wanted to be a mother, and to do so made a maiden give her her son, "white like milk"... o_O

I know, I know. Sounds quite strange; I might find the lyrics for you if you like. But again it draws on ancient mythology and fertility rites.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2006 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

that helped me a lot, Mike Rire

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2006 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very interesting, when you realize that the lore of various non-abrahamic traditions (Polynesian, Hindu, aborigina, African, Native American, Graeco-Germanic, etc) ascribe human attributes to celestial bodies and geographical features.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2006 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HAHAHHAHAHA!!!!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2006 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike2000 wrote:
As an afterthought, the Capitalist in me made me wonder; now that the boy is married to the mountain, does it mean he can claim ownership of it?? Tire la langue Is it now his mountain, and therefore everything on it belongs to him?? Clin d'oeil


I would think so. Confused
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

haha! i can't help but imagine little half-hill half-people mutant babies running around with heads, arms and legs poking out of a hill body.


what a drag though, having your spouse be a stinkin HILL! i'd just tell my mother sorry, but your stuck falling down that hill. as much as i love you it's not my problem.

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