Thursday, July 23, 2009

I just hope these frogs will be happy

Villagers solemnise a frog marriage at Madhyaboragari village, about 85 km (52 miles) east of eastern Indian city of Siliguri.

The frog marriage is a traditional ritual observed by the rural folk to appease the gods to bring in rain and ensure a good harvest.

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I just hope that the marriage, executed while the participants are tied up with strings, so they don't bolt, isn't entirely a sham. The way things stand—at least in certain places and incarnations of 'civilization'—the whole thing might be a prelude to the participants being killed and eaten.

Let's hope this is different. However, the marriage, judging by the evidence, is definitely 'arranged'.

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