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Friday Frictioneers-28 MARCH 2014

Copyright-John Nixon

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WISE  TRADITIONS

 

Radha was going to get married today but as per the village tradition; she was to marry a mango tree first.

She tied a red sacred thread to the tree trunk, embraced it, put her cheek on it, and then proceeded to marry her real husband.

To fight the menace of  dowry system,  villagers of  Dharhara  has made it a tradition to plant ten mango trees with the birth of each girl child so by the time they grow up,  revenue from its fruits are enough for their dowry and wedding expenses and the mango tree acts as the real guardian of the girls.

 

A girl gets "married" to a mango tree

Related article (Mango girls of India fight female infanticide)

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  1. That’s a truly beautiful story. Well done.

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  2. How wonderful.
    And told with elegant simplicity.
    AnElephant loves this.

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  3. Absolutely incredible piece. Unbeatable. This is what feminism should be fighting for.

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  4. Such a lovely tale. Perfect example of self help.

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  5. What a fascinating story, Indira! Thanks for writing it and sharing.

    janet

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  6. A wise practice worth emulating by others. I liked this

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  7. What a beautiful story and a wonderful tradition! And I’ve learned something too! Wonderful!

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  8. This is very interesting and an important message. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  9. What a beautiful and heartwarming story. I love the wonderful tradition, uniting human and nature. It reiterates a truth that we must honor and respect nature, so it can return the same. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. I love the story.. and what a good way to beat the dowry system.. though you could argue that it would be even better if it’s cancelled all together..

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    • You are right, it should be cancelled . But some tradition here die hard. I loved the tree planting part. Thanks for your visit and comment.

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  11. Love the dowry. Too bad not all fortunes are not so easily obtained.

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  12. that’s a nice and practical tradition.

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  13. Dear Indira,

    Fascinating tradition and the photo is beautiful, or I should say the women in it are. A couple of technical grammatical things. There’s a bit of tense confusion in the last paragraph.

    “…by the time they grow up” no ‘s’ at the end. And the tree “acts” as a guardian.

    Thank you for sharing a bit of culture I knew nothing about.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • Thanks Rochelle for reading it so thoroughly. I’ll edit it now. As I could not write like you and other wonderful bloggers so why not share culture, I thought. Thanks you liked it.

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      • Sweet Indira,

        Don’t put yourself down. You’re writing in a second language, something I envy. I’m pleased that you’re part of Friday Fictioneers.

        shalom,

        Rochelle

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      • Thanks dear for giving me chance to participate and correcting my grammar. It really helps. You are so nice and sweet. Shalom. Indira.

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  14. A fascinating story and an insight into a different culture. Sometimes I wish I’d married a tree… 😀

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  15. Very fascinating story! I hope the dowry system is abolished altogether but who can say ‘no’ to mangoes? No? 🙂

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    • Dowry system is banned officially but unfortunately still not completely gone. No one can say no to mangos. Thanks for your visit and comment.

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  16. Thank you for this insightful piece! And I love the watercolor header!
    Regards

    Jim

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    • Thanks a lot., and one more thanks for noticing header. My daughter decorates my blog.

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  17. It’s nice that they can beat the Dowry. Great Stroy

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  18. Such an interesting tale imbibed with a great message ….loved it 🙂

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  19. Wonderful story of a tradition with which I was unfamiliar. hugs for sharing…

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  20. This is a beautiful and empowering story.

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  21. Oh wow!That’s an innovative way to beat dowry and help the eco- system too!Thanks for sharing Indira-even I had no idea about this tradition:-)

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  22. Interesting piece. I hope it contributes to the struggle to improve things. Well done.

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  23. A tale that activates the heart and imagination. Beautiful story my friend.

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  24. a wise and wonderful tradition indeed. this was such a beautiful piece.

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  25. Spectacular! I really mean this. I enjoyed your story so much and I didn’t know about the mango trees – what a brilliant idea! Your writing is excellent! Thanks so much! Nan 🙂

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  26. I never knew much about Indian culture, so this is pretty nice to read. In fact, I have found that India (the more exposed I am to it) is fast becoming one of my personal favorite countries lately. I’m kind of tempted to come see it!

    Thanks for this nice story, Indira. Your contributions are wonderful.

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