See The Indian Village Where Cow Dung Is Believed To Protect Children From Diseases, Attract Goodluck (PHOTOS)
Indian Hindus are known to worship cows as a form of religious obligation but this tiny village of Betul in Madhya Pradesh have a different use of a waste product of the ‘sacred’ animal and it dates back to centuries.
Villagers in this Indian village have this bizarre custom where they dip their children in cow dung in the belief that its ‘purity’ will bring their off springs luck and protect them from disease.
The practice comes a day after Diwali – the biggest Indian celebration also known as the festival of light.
In the weeks heralding the festival of light, the villagers collect a large stockpile of cow dung which is brought out on the day of the celebration after special prayers have been offered to the Hindu gods, then the people start dipping their children, some still babies, in the pool of cow poo.
So strong is the belief in the ‘purity’ of the cow dung that villagers gather in groups around it waiting their turn to dip their children, with the customary ritual lasting as long as dusk till dawn until every child in the village has been dipped in the dung.
The Indian Hindus believe the cow is a sacred creature with its waste products believed to have medicinal properties, especially, its urine.
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