Thursday, June 16, 2011

Vatapoornima- a truncated ritual

Vatapoornima is another of the long list of Hindu festivals where women pray for the long life of their husbands. Whether I agree with it or not, tying a sacred thread around a living growing banyan tree, to symbolise the long and happy life they want for their husbands does make a certain kind of sense.
But to carry out the same ritual on a twig of the tree seems almost counter intuitive. Is it only the long life of an amputated body part that the women are praying for?
Adapting customs is great, but shouldn't they also make sense?
Braving the rain to sell banyan twigs- brisk business he had!

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Anu said...

Oh, I so agree with you.... people have adapted in their own way to the situation today where banyan trees, that too old, huge, living ones, are no longer available, but somewhere down the line, it has lost all the sense it originally had, and i dont think most people doing it are even aware of the symbolism... its simply a ritual and superstition...

GigglesandGuns said...

Your comments leave one thing about all sorts of "updated" rituals and how they don't appear to make sense with the changes.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

And what if they lose that twig? What happens then?

slommler said...

Good point!!


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