Villagers pray to rare turtle – convinced it is a deity

Wait till his big brother shows up and saves his butt!

Hundreds of poor Hindu villagers in eastern India have refused to hand over a rare turtle to authorities, saying it is an incarnation of God.

Villagers chanting hymns and carrying garlands, bowls of rice and fruits are pouring in from remote villages to a temple in Kendrapara, a coastal district in eastern Orissa state.

Policemen have struggled to control the gathering and have failed to persuade the villagers to give up the sea turtle…

The turtle is protected in India and anyone found keeping one without permission can be jailed for a year or more and fined.

But adamant villagers have refused to give up the reptile, saying the turtle bears holy symbols on its back and is an incarnation of Lord Jagannath, a popular Hindu deity.

“Lord Jagannath has visited our village in the form of a turtle. We will not allow anybody to take the turtle away,” said Ramesh Mishra, a priest of the temple.

If the sum of their attention finally kills the poor turtle, they’ll swear he’s gone on to a better life.

6 thoughts on “Villagers pray to rare turtle – convinced it is a deity

  1. Cinaedh says:

    Unenlightened people say The Flying Spaghetti Monster is silly but at least you’re allowed to eat it when you’re done worshipping it.

    I wonder if those impoverished villagers have ever tasted turtle soup? Mmmm, mmmm, good!

    Hey, the Christians eat their god, every day of the week.

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