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105 Children Buried Alive In Indian Temple Ritual
The Indian Express ^ | August 22, 2002 | S. Pandian

Posted on 08/22/2002 3:31:19 AM PDT by Red Jones

105 kids ‘buried’ for a minute, TN Minister watches

Parents take part in shocking temple ritual

S Pandian

Madurai, August 21: At least 105 children were ‘‘buried’’ alive for ‘‘just one minute’ in Perayur village, 46 kms from Madurai, on Wednesday to propitiate two female deities even as a minister from Jayalalithaa’s Cabinet watched on.

The children—who were first rendered unconscious—were sunk into makeshift graves, covered completely, kept there for 60 seconds and then pulled out. All this under the benign gaze of state Minister for Housing and Urban Development, C Durairaj.

After being ‘buried’ in a makeshift grave for ‘one minute’, (inset) a girl is carried out. P. Kumarapandian

Durairaj, who hails from the region and who was the chief guest at the function conducted in the name of goddesses Muthukuzhi Mariamman and Kaliamman, told The Indian Express: ‘‘I witnessed the festival at the invitation of the community which organised it. I’ve nothing more to say on this issue.’’

Perayur has been following this tradition for years. The Kuzhi maatru thiruvizha—or the festival of the pits—is observed every five-seven years. The last time the media landed up to cover this event in 1996, violence broke out.

All villagers participate in the ritual, ‘‘burying’’ their children in the hope that their wishes will be granted. Only pre-pubescent girls are chosen for the ritual, while no such condition is imposed in the case of boys. Those in the age group of four to twenty years can ‘‘participate’’ in this ritual.

Family members first sprinkle ash on the child’s head and then spray his or her face with turmeric water, after which the child falls ‘‘unconscious’’.

If the child fails to do so, the ‘‘burial’’ is cancelled and the family fined a thousand rupees. In fact, pit diggers ensure that the children are ‘‘exhausted’’ enough so that they don’t try and wriggle out.

The child is then wrapped in a yellow cloth and taken to the burial ground in front of the temple. After the child is ‘‘buried,’’ his or her parents break a coconut and offer prayers. The entire episode lasts for a minute, after which the priest signals for the pit to be opened. The cloth around the head is unwrapped and the child is taken away by his or her relatives.

Kaliraj, former president of the Perayur Town panchayat, says there has never been any untoward incidents till now.

The next thiruvizha will be held after seven years.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: christianity; freedomofreligion; hindu
you know I really like the Indian people. I think the US should court India as a friend. But the christian religion is superior to the hindu religion. The hindu religion is a religion of idol worship. And I mean idol worship in the christian sense, not the hindu sense. By idol worship I mean that they are inventing gods and worshiping them.

If the compassionate liberals and multi-culturalists have their way, then it will be against the law to say these things. Hallowed be the name of Jesus Christ. And I thank god that he made the US a christian nation.

1 posted on 08/22/2002 3:31:19 AM PDT by Red Jones
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To: Red Jones
What a lovely little ceremony. Bury your kid and some non-existent, little-"g"-god will bless you after you break a coconut.

I think they'd have just as much luck taking the village's adults, shaving their heads, and setting their pubic hair on fire.

Only for a minute, of course..............

2 posted on 08/22/2002 3:40:30 AM PDT by RightOnline
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To: Red Jones
But the christian religion is superior to the hindu religion. The hindu religion is a religion of idol worship.

Agreed, Hinduism is idolatry. But Hindus are superior to the Allah-worshipping cult of murder.

3 posted on 08/22/2002 3:49:15 AM PDT by Alouette
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To: Red Jones
When you think about it this isn't that much different than some christian rituals such as say baptism.
4 posted on 08/22/2002 4:05:33 AM PDT by Kerberos
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To: Kerberos
When you think about it this isn't that much different than some christian rituals such as say baptism.

How so? You'll need to further explain your illogical statement.

5 posted on 08/22/2002 4:33:22 AM PDT by EverOnward
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To: Red Jones
There is much darkness in the world. The light of the true gospel of Jesus Christ is the ONLY answer.
6 posted on 08/22/2002 4:49:54 AM PDT by aardvark1
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To: Red Jones
Add this to the donkey wedding and the mouse/rat temple and you get just one conclusion:

Friggin' pagan savages.

7 posted on 08/22/2002 4:54:40 AM PDT by Petronski
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To: AM2000; swarthyguy
Bump
8 posted on 08/22/2002 5:00:33 AM PDT by Incorrigible
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To: EverOnward
Kerberos wrote: "When you think about it this isn't that much different than some christian rituals such as say baptism."

EverOnward wrote: "How so? You'll need to further explain your illogical statement."

There is nothing illogical about my statement, but since you seem to be having problems grasping it, I will endeavor to break it down into more simplistic terms.

Both activities are rituals that participants believe that by taking part in they will receive some future benefit. One takes a child, knocks them out, and buries them in the ground for 60 seconds under the belief that by doing so they will be granted a wish. The other takes a child and dunks them under the water for a couple of seconds in the belief that this will insure their eternal salvation.

Do you not see that although the method may be somewhat different in the two rituals, the underlying form is the same? From an outsiders perspective the only thing that is of concern here is whether someone is harmed in the ritual, as in the case of some satanic rituals. Apparently in both instances no one incurs actual physical damage so therefore outside of the oddity of both rituals, it is of little concern or interest.

10 posted on 08/22/2002 5:51:37 AM PDT by Kerberos
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To: Red Jones
I just want to know who decided to fine the family a thousand rupees if the kid isn't unconscious when he or she is buried...

This whole ritual sounds like a Monty Python skit;

"I'm not unconscious yet."

"Shhh! You will be soon, so be quiet."

11 posted on 08/22/2002 5:53:39 AM PDT by Exeter
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To: Red Jones
Don't let the NEA hear about this. They'll be mandating it in all the schools. Along with "burkha fashions" day.
12 posted on 08/22/2002 5:57:03 AM PDT by Aquinasfan
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To: Red Jones
Was anybody harmed? If not, what's the problem?
13 posted on 08/22/2002 6:11:11 AM PDT by tictoc
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To: Red Jones
More Islam propaganda.
This is the exact equivalent of burning Jewish schoolchildren to a crisp on a school bus.

Right.

What morons...

14 posted on 08/22/2002 6:20:39 AM PDT by Publius6961
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Religion is just messed up...

When will conscious humans wake up and realize this type of stuff is totally worthless and useless...

15 posted on 08/22/2002 6:24:20 AM PDT by Ferris
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To: Red Jones
Me think these people need to repent their sins instead of practicing prosecuting rituals. As for baptism, the idea is one of immunizing from prosecution, not at all like the demands shown here.
16 posted on 08/22/2002 6:40:50 AM PDT by lavaroise
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To: Kerberos
Both activities are rituals that participants believe that by taking part in they will receive some future benefit. One takes a child, knocks them out, and buries them in the ground for 60 seconds under the belief that by doing so they will be granted a wish. The other takes a child and dunks them under the water for a couple of seconds in the belief that this will insure their eternal salvation.

Do you not see that although the method may be somewhat different in the two rituals, the underlying form is the same? From an outsiders perspective the only thing that is of concern here is whether someone is harmed in the ritual, as in the case of some satanic rituals. Apparently in both instances no one incurs actual physical damage so therefore outside of the oddity of both rituals, it is of little concern or interest.

Your example is so broad that it would work as well in the instance of paying Social Security taxes.

17 posted on 08/22/2002 6:41:00 AM PDT by lepton
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To: lepton
"Your example is so broad that it would work as well in the instance of paying Social Security taxes."

How so? Can you be more specific?

18 posted on 08/22/2002 7:32:04 AM PDT by Kerberos
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To: RightOnline
Bffffttt!!! (Cleaning juice off my screen) Thanks for the first snicker of the day!

I'm really getting tired of the barbarians. I used to think the Crusades were all bad.
19 posted on 08/22/2002 7:58:25 AM PDT by Technocrat
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To: Kerberos
Actually, you're closer than you think. For some Hindus, a ceremony to honor the occassion of a boy growing into manhood, say around 13 or so, involves taking a dip in a river with a priest conducting the ceremony. He grabs the boys head and dunks it in the water for a bit....pulls him out...

Of course, with a country of 1 billion people, one can find anything. At first i thought they buried them alive and left them there to die.
20 posted on 08/22/2002 8:48:00 AM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: Kerberos
How so? Can you be more specific?

LOL! hehehe Good one.

21 posted on 08/22/2002 8:48:48 AM PDT by lepton
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To: Kerberos
No sense trying to talk logic with "believers".( Of ANY religious cult ! )

"Why doth the Heathen rage?"

22 posted on 08/22/2002 8:57:31 AM PDT by tet68
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To: lepton
"LOL! hehehe Good one. "

I can only assume that means no?

23 posted on 08/22/2002 9:54:43 AM PDT by Kerberos
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To: tet68
"No sense trying to talk logic with "believers".( Of ANY religious cult ! ) "

I remember several years back, when it was a big issue in the media about religious cults that were supposedly brainwashing people, one of the organization that specialized in retrieving people put out a pamphlet as to how to identify a cult.

As I was reading through several of the points or attributes of a cult, i.e. charismatic leader, emphasis on recruitment of new followers, importance of giving money, etc. I remember thinking that shoot, this could describe about any mainstream church that I have ever been in.

24 posted on 08/22/2002 10:02:44 AM PDT by Kerberos
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To: Red Jones
After seeing all these religious threads, sin is looking better and better all the time.
25 posted on 08/22/2002 10:10:21 AM PDT by Consort
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To: Kerberos
Ah, I see you base your example on the Catholic tradition rather than scripture. For those who follow scripture rather than traditions, baptism is symbolic and doesn't 'get' you anything. We are saved by grace through faith in Christ. Baptism follows as a symbol of being washed clean of our sin. Oh, and by the way, we don't have to knock kids out to get them to get baptised, and we don't hold them under for 60 seconds.
26 posted on 08/22/2002 10:20:45 AM PDT by MEGoody
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To: MEGoody
"Ah, I see you base your example on the Catholic tradition rather than scripture. "

Actually no, it was based on the southern baptist tradition. But then again, there are so many that it is hard to tell which one is being discussed.

27 posted on 08/22/2002 10:24:39 AM PDT by Kerberos
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To: swarthyguy
the original title of the story in Indian Express did not lead you to believe they died, but the Drudge report title was the one I used, because I thought Drudge's title was more fun.

Like you said, you can find anything in India. In India some journalists come up with outrageous articles and article titles for the sake of having fun and getting attention. I like that style. That is how the stories about monkey-men riding motorcycles got started.
28 posted on 08/22/2002 10:29:52 AM PDT by Red Jones
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To: Kerberos
I can only assume that means no?

Or you can note the irony in asking me to be more specific about your vagueries. :)

You don't think contributions to SSI fit your description about as closely as the both of the examples you used?

29 posted on 08/22/2002 9:09:38 PM PDT by lepton
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To: lepton
You make absolutely no sense. Are you capable of getting to the point or must you continually talk around the issue. Or could it be that you just don’t have a point?
30 posted on 08/23/2002 12:32:22 AM PDT by Kerberos
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To: MEGoody
There is no Christian Scripture. What!! The Gospals. You are following the Gospals--what a joke! There are over 20,000 errors as documented by your own Christian scholors. they are man made books. What scriptures do you have. Jesus is the son of God ---ya right!!
31 posted on 01/13/2003 1:19:33 PM PST by schwabk
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To: Red Jones
Can't ya just smell the diversity...

After being ‘buried’ in a makeshift grave for ‘one minute’, (inset) a girl is carried out. P. Kumarapandian

32 posted on 01/13/2003 1:24:48 PM PST by Redcloak (Tag, you're it!)
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To: Kerberos
When you think about it this isn't that much different than some christian rituals such as say baptism.

I've thought about it. You are an idiot.

33 posted on 01/13/2003 1:27:51 PM PST by martin gibson
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To: martin gibson
"I've thought about it. You are an idiot. "

Gee that article was 5 months ago. Are you a little slow on the uptake?

34 posted on 01/13/2003 3:31:32 PM PST by Kerberos
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