Why Should She Marry a Banana Tree?

@yanzalong (7864)
Indonesia
July 28, 2017 10:13pm CST
In India, it is said, that before prospective married couple determines the date of their marriage, they are asked to predict their luck based on astrology. Their birth date will be calculated based on the order of planets of the solar system. If based on the calculations their future fate turns out to be unprofitable, for example, if you stay married will also cause things to be undesirable, then the prospective bride must first marry a banana tree! Head of custom will marry a bride to a banana tree. With this marriage, the fate of bad luck of the couple will move to the banana tree. After the solemn ritual is implemented, the banana tree is immediately cut down. This tradition exists only in rural areas of India and raises pros and cons.
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@shikharava (1897)
29 Jul
Yeah, I have heard about it. I myself found it strange when I saw this ritual with my own eyes while I visited to my friends cousin's wedding. Apart from those things you mentioned, which are correct, by the way, they said that the banana tree holds a very sacred ground in India. It is said to be an avatar or incarnation, or resting place of Lord Vishnu the operstor, the supreme god and one of the trinity, the other two being Shiva and Brahma. There's also a mention in ancient scriptures of a marriage between Laxmi and the banana tree where Vishnu hided. Goddess Laxmi is Lord Vishnu's counterpart. So because an Indian married woman is considered a Laxmi literally, they are told to have the blessings of the incarnation of Vishnu the banana tree for having a good and prosperous married life.
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@yanzalong (7864)
• Indonesia
29 Jul
Does the ritual still exist or begin to die out?
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29 Jul
@yanzalong yes, it most certainly does. And it will continue to survive because India is a land of myriads of religion and belief. We can't expect it to become something else all of a sudden. (*_*)
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@vsai2008 (7632)
• India
29 Jul
This exists in rural India. I too was shocked when I saw with my own eyes but I don't remember much about that incident as I was a kid.
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@dollaboy (6337)
29 Jul
HAHA, I find this so funny and Amusing at the same time
@Hatley (157944)
• Garden Grove, California
29 Jul
Olearn so mething new everyday here
@kobesbuddy (17090)
• East Tawas, Michigan
29 Jul
This is probably what happened to my husband and me, we drive each other bananas at times!
@mandala100 (25012)
• Hong Kong
29 Jul
@yanzalong Did they pronounced the newly wed "Banana Tree and Wife" my friend?