August 20, 2006

Nepali women strip and plow to appease rain gods

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Dozens of Nepali women stripped naked
and plowed their fields in west Nepal, hoping to appease the
gods and get some much needed rain, a newspaper report said on

About 50 women in two villages in Kapilvastu district, 190
km (120 miles) west of Kathmandu, resorted to the desperate
move at night on Friday as days of prayers and Hindu ceremonies
failed to bring rains for the parched paddy crop, it said.

"This is our last weapon, we used it, and there was light
rainfall," Nepali daily Rajdhani quoted one of the women as

Although there is no clear religious basis for the
practice, some locals believe such a move could appease the
rain gods.

Officials said there was insufficient rain during the
June-September monsoon season this year and vast stretches of
land along the southern plains, Nepal's bread basket, were