The Donkeys Are Getting Married

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Thu Aug 23 23:31:42 UTC 2001

I'm not sure why a post informing us that donkeys are marrying is any
more (or less) appropriate than one noting that George W. Bush is
president. The first make more sense to me (especially if it rains),
but, to avoid insulting coservatives, what's either got to do with


>Villagers hope donkey weddings will end drought - Ananova Alerting
>Farmers in a drought-stricken Indian district have conducted marriage
>ceremonies for donkeys to appease the rain god.
>Donkeys are considered to be down-trodden. People believe doing them a
>deed will bring good luck.
>Villagers from Kurlapalli in Andhra Pradesh state carried out the
>in a bid to end a prolonged drought and successive crop failures.
>In neighbouring Atmakur, people offered 101 pots of water to local
>after carrying them nearly one kilometre.
>Unmarried men and women also conducted special religious rituals and
>special prayers, reports Mid-Day newspaper.
>See this story on the web at

Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
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