Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Pot of Butter

[Lord Krishna, one of the most loved Gods of the Hindu Pantheon was born at midnight. His birthday is a day of celebrations across the country. This is how it is celebrated in Bombay.]

The world may now know him as a God, but growing up in Brindavan, Krishna was just the naughtiest of all the kids. He would steal butter from the kitchens of the village women. They took to hanging their pots of butter from the rafters, but he always managed to reach them. They knew he was lying when he said, "Main nahin makhan chor/ I am no butter thief", but couldn't stop loving him.

Once a year to commemorate his birth, decorated pots are strung high above the street and youth make human pyramids to reach them. Winners take all.


A drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.


Marjorie said...

I LOVE this. What a great way to celebrate!

Carolyn Abiad said...

Interesting! I love learning about non-western cultures. I studied one semester in college and I think I missed my calling. Anyway, you'll keep me in the loop from now on...

Clarissa Draper said...

I'm learning a lot about Indian customs and ceremonies from this blog. Love the photos too. I don't like butter so much so I'm not sure I'd like the game much...but my son would.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That is really creative! How many kids does it take to reach the butter?

Talli Roland said...

That's fantastic! I love hearing about all these rituals in India! Thank you. :)

Holly Ruggiero, Southpaw said...

Wow, that’s pretty high up there. I would not have been the youth to get it (ever)!

Theres just life said...

Entertaining and informative. Thank you for sharing you traditions.

slommler said...

What a fun festival!! Thank you for sharing!

Margot Kinberg said...

Rayna - I love this Drabble! I am learning so much about Lord Krishna, and lots more about India, just from your wonderful blog. I love these lessons.

Jemi Fraser said...

What a fun tradition! Rascally story-tellers appear in so many cultures!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Your drabbles are wonderful. You provide excellent lessons in how to say a lot with few words.


Helen Ginger said...

What a wonderful story. It's great to hear stories from other cultures and to learn a bit about them. And to learn it all in 100 words!


Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Marjorie- thank you. I still remember the photograph you had once posted on Mothers' Day.

@ Carolyn- we would be having a lot of festivals in the next few months, and I do intend covering most of them. Thanks for stopping by.

@ Clarissa- would curds or yogurt please you more? You can have either.

@ Alex- it is typically a seven or nine tire human pyramid that reaches the higher pots. This would perhaps need a four tier pyramid.

@ Talli- this is a fun festival, isn't it? Saw it for the first time only three years back, because it is celebrated only in one part of the country.

@ Holly- it is often a child who is given the honour to finally break it

@ Theres just life- with appreciated people like you, how could I not?

@ SueAnn- my pleasure, entirely

@ Margot- thank you for the kind words. My pleasure entirely.

@ Jemi- and you can bet I have a tough time drawing the line with my kids thanks to the Krishna example

@ Patricia- thank you. The challenge is telling it in 100 words, but what is life without challenge?

@ Helen- that you. India is full of stories, many unknown.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Hi Rayna -- I'm over here getting caught up on these wonderful posts, Rayna. You paint pictures of your life and the lives around you better than anyone I know. The photos, as always, are perfect.


Rayna M. Iyer said...

Thank you so much, Patricia. Coming from you, it is a huge compliment.


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