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Tourists Fined for Kissing in India
AP via FOX ^ | September 21, 2005 | FOX

Posted on 09/21/2005 1:36:06 PM PDT by Allan

NEW DELHI — India may be the land of the Kamasutra (search), the famed ancient treatise on sex, but in the country's hinterlands, public displays of affection remain strictly taboo.

An Israeli couple discovered just how staid the small towns of India can be when they were fined 500 Indian rupees (U.S. $11) each for embracing and kissing after getting married in the Hindu holy town of Pushkar (search) in northwestern India, the Asian Age newspaper reported Wednesday.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hindu; india; pda
Hurrah!
1 posted on 09/21/2005 1:36:09 PM PDT by Allan
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To: Allan
The Asian Age said priests at Pushkar's Brahma temple were so incensed when the couple, married in a traditional Hindu ceremony, smooched

I'm sure the priests gave the westerners plenty of warning prior to the ceremony.
2 posted on 09/21/2005 1:39:07 PM PDT by andyk (Go Matt Kenseth!)
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To: Allan

3 posted on 09/21/2005 1:39:19 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: ARridgerunner
"The Asian Age said priests at Pushkar's Brahma temple were so incensed when the couple,
married in a traditional Hindu ceremony,
smooched as hymns were still being chanted
that they filed a complaint with the police."

It is not clear whether the marriage was 'performed' inside the Brahma temple,
one of the most sacred in India.

Who the heck did these nutbags get to perform the ceremony?

In many Hindu temples westerners are not even allowed inside.

4 posted on 09/21/2005 1:40:37 PM PDT by Allan
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To: Allan
they were fined 500 Indian rupees (U.S. $11) each

If anything, the sting of that punishment would have been making the couple feel so cheap.

5 posted on 09/21/2005 1:43:08 PM PDT by inquest (FTAA delenda est)
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To: Allan
"We would be very happy to host your wedding in our little town here in India."
"Wonderful. My fiancee and I would be thrilled. How much do you charge for the ceremony?"
"We charge $8 US for a marriage ceremony. But we suggest that you bring at least $30?"
"That's not a problem, but I'm curious. Why do you say $30."
"Oh, it's part of our local custom. You'll see."
6 posted on 09/21/2005 1:48:50 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: inquest
they were fined 500 Indian rupees (U.S. $11) each

The groom reportedly asked "$11.00? Really? How much for a bl** j**?"

7 posted on 09/21/2005 1:50:12 PM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: Allan

When you travel overseas it is always nice to know the local customs and culture, can save you a lot of grief.


8 posted on 09/21/2005 1:50:41 PM PDT by Americanexpat (A strong democracy through citizen oversight.)
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To: Allan

How immoral...the creator must be p*ssed. But more likely about the fraud and not the kissing.


9 posted on 09/21/2005 1:54:46 PM PDT by ARridgerunner
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To: Allan
In many Hindu temples westerners are not even allowed inside. Not true. Only select temples have such restrictions - Nepal's Pashupatinath temple, Southern India's Guruvayur and maybe the Tirupati temple (the most visited pilgrimage point in the wolrd). but in the average Hindu Temple, feel free to walk in after having removed your shoes at the door. (:-)
10 posted on 09/21/2005 2:06:12 PM PDT by voletti (The meaning of life, the universe and everything...)
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To: Americanexpat
When you travel overseas it is always nice to know the local customs and culture, can save you a lot of grief.

Very true. Not only grief, but embarassment as well. The 'OK' hand sign in Brasil (yes it is spelled with an "S") is the same as flipping the bird in the USA. I spent several months in Brasil: Sao Paolo, Rio, and Brasilia.

11 posted on 09/21/2005 3:05:42 PM PDT by Cobra64
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To: voletti

Add to your list:

Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi
Jagganath Mandir, Puri
Linganash Mandir, Bhubanehwar

Also
there are many temples
which only are partly open
to non-Hindus
for example
Sri Ekambaranathar Temple
in Kanchipuram
where non-Hindus cannot enter the sanctum.


12 posted on 09/21/2005 3:20:57 PM PDT by Allan
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To: Allan

One more foreign culture that borders on Police State.
They all do.
Let's not be like them.


13 posted on 09/21/2005 3:44:41 PM PDT by henderson field
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To: Americanexpat

Better yet, don't go to countries with primitive cultures.


14 posted on 09/21/2005 3:45:51 PM PDT by henderson field
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To: Allan

Stupid animals.

And I don't mean the kissing couple.


15 posted on 09/21/2005 3:45:55 PM PDT by rollinginmybuggy (The Electric Amish)
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To: henderson field

yep!


16 posted on 09/21/2005 3:50:38 PM PDT by rollinginmybuggy (The Electric Amish)
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To: henderson field

There are some cultures
which regard people
who slobber on one another
in public
as primitive.

It's all a matter of perspective.


17 posted on 09/21/2005 3:52:17 PM PDT by Allan
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To: Allan

A kiss after getting married is not slobbering on one another.


18 posted on 09/21/2005 3:54:01 PM PDT by rollinginmybuggy (The Electric Amish)
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Okay, so why did this couple choose to get married in a traditional Hindu ceremony, anyway?

And if they did get married in a traditonal Hindu ceremony, why didn't they know they couldn't kiss?

I'm sorry, but I'm smelling granola here...


19 posted on 09/21/2005 3:57:20 PM PDT by CheyennePress
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To: Allan
Then there's the opposite: There are some cultures that really don't give a rat's ass what other people think.

Hey man, if it's good God won't complain. If he doesn't care, who do you imagine you are to be offended?

20 posted on 09/21/2005 4:03:19 PM PDT by ARridgerunner
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To: ARridgerunner

As I am not God
I reserve the right to be offended.


21 posted on 09/21/2005 4:08:21 PM PDT by Allan
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To: Allan

Okay, then I shall offend you. We will both be happy then, huh?


22 posted on 09/21/2005 4:16:32 PM PDT by ARridgerunner
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To: CheyennePress

They were probably working class Israeli IDF vets in their early 20's who have been living and fighting through an Intafada for the last 5+ years. They leave Israel and travel India because the shekel is such a weak currency, but still goes far in rural India. $22 is 2 days take-home minimum wage in Israel. That cost them at least 2 days travelling money.

But what a wedding story.


23 posted on 09/21/2005 4:32:04 PM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: little jeremiah

ping!


24 posted on 09/24/2005 11:15:17 AM PDT by Gengis Khan (Since light travels faster than sound, people appear bright until u hear them speak.)
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To: little jeremiah

ping!


25 posted on 09/24/2005 11:15:30 AM PDT by Gengis Khan (Since light travels faster than sound, people appear bright until u hear them speak.)
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To: Gengis Khan

When in Rome...

Calling India a "primitve culture" speaks volumes about the commenter, not about India.



Did you get my freepmail about evolution?


26 posted on 09/24/2005 3:12:48 PM PDT by little jeremiah (A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, are incompatible with freedom. P. Henry)
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To: little jeremiah

Yes i am going through it right now, will give you my response soon.


27 posted on 09/24/2005 3:47:02 PM PDT by Gengis Khan (Since light travels faster than sound, people appear bright until u hear them speak.)
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To: Gengis Khan

Try to get ahold of those books I mentioned. Very, very good.


28 posted on 09/24/2005 3:57:10 PM PDT by little jeremiah (A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, are incompatible with freedom. P. Henry)
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To: Allan
Well, at least these hard working Americans can be sure their jobs won't be outsourced there!


29 posted on 09/24/2005 4:00:10 PM PDT by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything!")
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To: henderson field; little jeremiah

henderson field - I think Little Jeremiah said it best: "Calling India a "primitve culture" speaks volumes about the commenter, not about India." Go and read a book on Indian history and culture.....you may learn something new for a change.


30 posted on 09/24/2005 7:51:08 PM PDT by indcons (Koran - The World's First WMD)
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