Lonely Planet Writer

Men paraded on donkeys to thank the gods for sons in Gujarat

Being paraded through town on donkey-back with a soot-blackened face is a traditional punishment in some parts of India, but in the village of Borvav in Gujarat , dozens of men volunteer for this strange form of humiliation to say thank you to the gods for the birth of their sons.

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Men paraded on donkeys in Gujarat to thank the gods for sons. Image by Dimitris / CC BY 2.0

Villagers shower the volunteers with money which is then used to buy food for the birds, a goodwill gesture that brings divine favour on the whole village – and, villagers hope, the birth of more sons.

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