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Animal … Marriage? June 4, 2009

Posted by Onely in Food for Thought, Heteronormativity, Just Saying..
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By posting this, I by no means intend to poke fun at another culture’s beliefs or traditions — but I found this particular bit of news quite fascinating, especially in light of my most recent post about animals, sex, and heteronormativity. Who knew that frogs could be married … by humans? And that including them in the tradition of marriage would bring rain?

Enjoy! — Lisa

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1. trauma queen - June 8, 2009

in south india you have young girls getting married to frogs – and the fairy tale of the frog prince originates from that story.

Hinduism is full of “pagan” traditions quite similar to Hellenic religions – where animals and nature are worshipped.

Think about it..in a country that is still primarily agricultural – any event that brings happiness and brings hope (a drought could ruin this village) – why not?

onely - June 8, 2009

Thank you for your insight, trauma queen! I hope that my tone above didn’t make it sound like I was “against” this ritual — I recognize that hope is extremely important, especially in the context of this village (we Americans have plenty of rituals that don’t make any sense outside of our cultural situations). Just found the report interesting in the sense that it illustrates how much our contemporary worldviews are grounded upon a long history of belief systems that aren’t going to go away anytime soon.

— Lisa

2. trauma queen - June 10, 2009

Hi Lisa,

Did not get offended or think you were against it. Just that in India, marriage are more of a big socila do (read: reason to party) than to celebrate the union of a couple. Have you seen the movie “my big fat greek wedding?” – trust me, it is NOTHING in comparison to a big fat Indian wedding 🙂

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