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Skull burning

Too much rain, too little rain. Gaining control over the amount it rains is a fairly critical business in the rural parts of Karnataka, in south-west India.

So to appease the rain god some people dig up the graves of people who suffered from leucoderma, the loss of skin pigmentation. They then ritually burn the skulls of the corpses, standing around the fire weeping and then partaking of some food.

They perform this ritual on the first Monday of Shravana Masa, the fifth month in the Hindu calendar, which starts on 24 July and ends on 21 August. The belief is that it will then certainly rain within three days.

Picture source: Juni