Think ‘mud wrestling’ … only, with a different kind of filth.
Every community has its own quirky traditions. This one in India is more quirky than most.
A lot of people dream about running with the bulls in Pamplona. It’s unlikely that this will ever become as popular a dream destination as that famous run in Pamplona.
Both events have one thing in common — cow manure, and plenty of it.
The difference between Pamplona and the event in Gumatapura, India is that the cow manure IS the attraction. Yes, that’s right. A veritable celebration of cow poop.
The village of Gumatapura in India has become the site of a massive cow dung fight, as locals celebrate the day-long Gore Habba festival that takes place every year after Deepavali reports Ruptly.
Villagers smear themselves with cow’s excrement, previously collected and piled up, and proceeded to throw it at each other.
Prabhu, one of the devotees, explained that this faecal festival dates back his great grandfather’s period.
He went on to say that “cow dung is very natural and has a lot of medicinal benefits. Others might say if we throw cow dung at each other we will get some infections or even some disease. But with the trust of our god Beereshwara, we are playing in the cow dung, so nothing happens to us and if we have any health issues that will be cured.”
Source: Arab Times
Here’s more footage, in case you needed it:
— RT (@RT_com) November 5, 2019
Suddenly, those wacky pumpkin-boat races seem pretty pedestrian by comparison, don’t they?