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Posted by abeodbart August 31, 2009 at 12:10 pm

A CENTURIES-old festival in which residents from rival Indian villages throw stones at each other – often leaving people dead or injured – has been banned.
The annual Gotmar festival in an impoverished central region of the country involved teams competing to capture a tree placed in a river running between two villages as crowds pelted rocks and pebbles across the divide.

The origin of the custom is unclear, but many locals in Madhya Pradesh state believe it developed from the tale of two young lovers who lived on either side of the river and wanted to elope together. (Thanks SarahWoo)

August 31, 2009 at 12:36 pm
Groper says:

Sounds like an ancient version of tramp fighting.

August 31, 2009 at 1:24 pm
Maayah says:

Lol? What a brutal festival, doesn’t sound festive at all! I can imagine most of the villagers going “Thank [insertrandomhindugodhere]!” after the news of that.

However, I also wonder if there were actually any villagers looking FORWARD to it..? Can YOU imagine it?

August 31, 2009 at 2:04 pm
Tash says:

urgh that’s horrible. How can they call that a festival. I remember eons ago when i was @ skl they showed us this video of one culture that rips girls hair out when they reach puberty. Bit scary. :-(

August 31, 2009 at 4:38 pm
flapjack says:

Just shows the dangers of things getting lost in translation
“Hey everybody, let’s put on a rock festival”
Many years later someone discovers it’s about bands performing in a field and it’s embarrassment all round.

August 31, 2009 at 5:09 pm
Colin says:

I totally thought that was a drugs-related headline…

August 31, 2009 at 6:10 pm
80s Craig says:

I like the last line on the original site….

“Attempts to replace the stones with rubber balls in 2001 and 2002 failed as villagers refused to use them.”

It’s funny, but it isn’t, but it is, if you know what I mean. 😀

August 31, 2009 at 7:07 pm
Nopke says:

Sati is even worse from what I’ve read. On the internet it says it originally comes from women who wanted to follow their husbands by own choice in that way. That’s really a totally different thing. Too bad male then want to see that as a good thing towards all widowers. Too bad they never saw to this regarding their own selfes … that would have changed their views quite quickly … if they had to measure towards male with the same standard … Really makes me vomit …That type male stupid brains. They became even more dumb without them having been aware of it.

Oh well, now they throw stuff at eachother at football matches and kick eachother to death when drunk …

August 31, 2009 at 7:26 pm

“Constant dripping wears away the stone.”

August 31, 2009 at 8:32 pm
mojo says:

Getting stoned at a festival, that could be anywhere in the world, I wonder do they have the Indian equivalent of the St. Johns ambulance standing by, just in case.

I trust none of them live in glass houses.

August 31, 2009 at 8:40 pm

Lol well you wouldnt get that here, health and saftey would have a field day!

August 31, 2009 at 9:15 pm
ed F says:

Capital letters anyone?
After all, a new competition is starting today (apparently)

August 31, 2009 at 9:39 pm
Colin says:

@80’s Craig – I know exactly what you mean… contours up images of people in HR safety vests running around with buckets of balls saying “aw, c’com guys, it’s just as much fun with rubber balls!!”

August 31, 2009 at 9:40 pm
Colin says:

contours? how about “conjures” lol

September 1, 2009 at 4:15 am says:

yup Indeedy

September 1, 2009 at 9:27 am
Colin says:

@ed F – the only capitals I can see in this post match those in the original news story… there was another post on Monday with unusual capitalisation though…

September 1, 2009 at 3:58 pm
ed F says:

@Colin – Good point , hadnt spotted that. Thnx


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