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Teenager marries hill 青少年迎娶山丘

An Indian artisan gives the finishing touches to a clay idol of the goddess Lakshmi.
印度一名工匠替拉克須米女神泥像進行最後的修飾。 (照片:法新社)

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A teenage boy in a tribal village in eastern India has married a hill in order to please its goddess and get rid of a curse placed on his mother.

The boy, Robin, married a hill named Lakshmi (after the goddess of prosperity) in front of a large number of people in Jharkand state, the Hindustan Times has said.

The boy's mother had fallen and hurt herself while trying to climb the hill, and she believed the goddess was unhappy with her. She started to pray to Lakshmi and after three months the goddess visited her in a dream.

“The hill goddess asked me to get my son married to her. The marriage will help in getting rid of her curse,” said Keswar Devi, who lives in Bordih village, about 170km southeast of the state capital Ranchi.

“I asked my son and he agreed to the marriage.”

On the wedding day, Robin wore a traditional bridegroom's outfit and set out on foot with a large, happy party from his village to the hill three kilometers away.

The 400 villagers washed the hill with water and Robin placed a string of flowers at the top.

After the priest performed the wedding ceremony, a party was thrown by the groom's family.

“I have accepted the hill as my wife,” said Robin. “I have no remorse.”

A local anthropologist said it was not uncommon for tribal people to marry objects or animals.

“There are (lots) of examples (of) tribal people (getting married to) trees, dogs and other animals,” said former Ranchi University anthropology professor V.S. Uppadhyah. The professor believes this is because the lives of the tribal people are very connected to nature.(AFP)

印度東部某部落的一名青少年為了取悅女神並替母親破除詛咒,迎娶山丘為妻。

印度斯坦時報的報導指出,賈坎德邦這個名叫羅賓的男孩在眾人面前迎娶一座以女財神拉克須米命名的山丘。

羅賓的母親在爬上這座山丘時不慎摔落受傷,她認為是拉克須米女神遷怒之故,於是開始向祂祈禱,三個月後女神在她夢中顯靈。

Today's Words 今天單字

1. tribal adj.

部落的 (bu4 luo4 de5)

例: Many tourists enjoy watching tribal dancing shows in Wulai.

(許多遊客喜歡觀賞烏來的山地舞蹈表演。)

2. prosperity n.

興旺 (xing1 wang4)

例: In the late 1990's Taiwan enjoyed a period of great prosperity due to the rise of the semi-conductor industry.

(一九九0年代晚期,由於半導體業的堀起,台灣曾有一段榮景。)

3. bridegroom n.

新郎 (xin1 lang2)

例: The bridegroom anxiously awaited his bride.

(新郎不安地等著新娘。)

4. remorse n.

後悔 (hou4 hui3)

例: Many prisoners feel remorse for their actions after therapy.

(許多受刑人在接受治療後對自己的行為感到懊悔。)


住在伯迪村(位於賈坎德邦首府蘭契東南方約一百七十公里處)的科絲瓦?德維說:「這位山丘女神要我讓兒子娶祂為妻。這場婚禮將有助於破除祂所施下的詛咒。」

「我問我兒子,而他也同意這段婚姻。」

婚禮當天,羅賓穿著傳統新郎服一路從村落步行到三公里外的拉克須米山,沿途就像一場盛大的狂歡派對。

四百位村民用水清洗山丘新娘的臉龐,而羅賓則在「她」頭頂上戴上一串花環。

在祭司行婚禮儀式後,新郎的家人舉辦了一場派對。

羅賓說:「我已接納拉克須米山丘為我的新娘。我不會後悔。」

當地一名人類學者表示,對原始部落來說與物件或動物結婚是相當普遍的現象。

前蘭契大學人類學教授烏帕德海說:「原始部落和樹木、狗兒及其他動物成婚的例子不勝枚舉。」烏帕德海認為,這都是原始部落的生活與大自然緊密結合之故。

(法新社/翻譯:林倩如)

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