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   Undertoad  Tuesday Apr 17 07:51 AM

April 17, 2007: Hindu festival includes dead body parts



There's not much more information on this item from the Washington Post Day in Photos gallery, but I thought it was wild. Most religions are careful about handling the dead and make sure any corpses are long gone. Not so here. The official caption says

Quote:
Hindu devotees parade carrying human remains during a rare religious festival in the remote village of Sona Palasi. India.



Shawnee123  Tuesday Apr 17 08:48 AM

Bring out your dead!



dar512  Tuesday Apr 17 10:18 AM

and carry them around!



Sheldonrs  Tuesday Apr 17 10:26 AM

"It's a dead man's party. Who could ask for more? Everybody's coming leave your body at the door."



Shawnee123  Tuesday Apr 17 10:28 AM

I hope they heed the sign that says "Stop Ahead."



barefoot serpent  Tuesday Apr 17 11:05 AM

stop, a head?



glatt  Tuesday Apr 17 11:08 AM

What's that in the road, a head?

What's that dragging, a long behind?



Trilby  Tuesday Apr 17 11:09 AM

Hindu festival includes dead body parts


What good festival doesn't include dead body parts?



Sheldonrs  Tuesday Apr 17 11:23 AM

Kinda makes me want to skip the 3-legged race.



Shawnee123  Tuesday Apr 17 11:39 AM

dammit people, that's funny!

There was a HUGE controversy there a couple years ago. Stevie Nicks was slated for a concert, but when she opened with "Stop Dragging My Heart Around" the concertgoers started a riot.



freshnesschronic  Tuesday Apr 17 12:07 PM

I can't identify the parts of the body those are. Unless they are innards...

You think on their driver's license they have to sign the back for human body remain donation?




Sheldonrs  Tuesday Apr 17 12:10 PM

I'll also pass on the evening organ recital.



Shawnee123  Tuesday Apr 17 12:14 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sheldonrs View Post
I'll also pass on the evening organ recital.
What, with your penchant for organs?


Sheldonrs  Tuesday Apr 17 12:25 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shawnee123 View Post
What, with your penchant for organs?
Wind instruments are different.


monster  Tuesday Apr 17 02:25 PM

My friend just came back from his dad's funeral in Japan. He brought some of his father's bones back with him. Apparently it's traditional.




monster  Tuesday Apr 17 02:34 PM

Here's a news story about it



Quote:
The "Naramundo Khela" (Skull Game) is a ritual that appears only to take place in the village of Sona Palasi. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva, a Hindu deity who is depicted by a snake around his neck, and marks the start of the Bengali New Year on April 15.

As part of the festival, some villagers carrying skulls and daggers danced to rhythmic drum beats with their bodies covered with white ash and spotted with red and green paints as around 2,000 other people watched.

One villager danced with the corpse of a baby.

Villagers say that they have carried out this ritual in previous years.

"Dead bodies are dug up and their heads are severed and then used during the festival," said Debdas Biswas, 58, living in the village which is around 165 km (102 miles) west of Kolkata, the state capital.
Apparently there is a police investigation into the matter.


monster  Tuesday Apr 17 02:35 PM

On the playlist for the dancing:

Don't lose your head -Queen



wolf  Tuesday Apr 17 02:38 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by monster View Post
My friend just came back from his dad's funeral in Japan. He brought some of his father's bones back with him. Apparently it's traditional.

That must have been an interesting trip through customs.


monster  Tuesday Apr 17 02:56 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by wolf View Post
That must have been an interesting trip through customs.
apparently they looked a little puzzled at the x-ray machine, but did not inspect his case. He did not declare the remains (some foot bones, apparently)


littlenickyer  Tuesday Apr 17 06:17 PM

it seems that saying 'dead body parts' is a bit redundant. Is it really IotD worthy to read about a festival in which there are live body parts?



Sheldonrs  Tuesday Apr 17 06:29 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by littlenickyer View Post
it seems that saying 'dead body parts' is a bit redundant. Is it really IotD worthy to read about a festival in which there are live body parts?
It depends on who's body parts and WHICH body parts.


Nikolai  Tuesday Apr 17 07:11 PM

Isnt it just a big game of Mr Potato Head, they get the body parts to the alter and start making different versions, one with sunglasses another with an eye for a nose and all that?



seakdivers  Wednesday Apr 18 01:38 AM

Look at the poor kid on the far right.... he thinks this whole tradition stinks!



samosa_pirate  Wednesday Apr 18 04:15 AM

konganaka konganaka konganaka ney! tuluku tuluku tuluku tuluku nosku naka ney!



Scriveyn  Wednesday Apr 18 05:52 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sheldonrs View Post
It depends on who's body parts and WHICH body parts.
... and whether they're still attached to their original owner.


SPUCK  Wednesday Apr 18 06:11 AM

I agree seakdivers... That kid's expression sums things up perfectly.

And as skinny as the guy on the right is they'll probably be carrying his parts around soon.



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