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Villagers worship rare turtle as God

Posted on Tuesday, 10 November, 2009 | Comment icon 8 comments

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Hundreds of Hindu villagers in eastern India have been ordered to hand over a rare turtle to officials but have refused to do so on the grounds that they believe the turtle to be the incarnation of Hindu deity Lord Jagannath.

"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, officials said on Tuesday."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Abramelin on 10 November, 2009, 17:29
They have the oldest continuess civilization on earth, and still they are nuts.
Comment icon #2 Posted by AquaMerina on 10 November, 2009, 18:08
Wow. I want to say that they are silly for thinking this turtle is thier God, but to each thier own. Let them believe what they want to. But I do think it's funny ^.^
Comment icon #3 Posted by The Big Boss on 10 November, 2009, 18:21
UPDATE! It seems there is not one, but FOUR turtle gods in East India. Here is an actual photo. No wonder the officials want to get their hands on these rare and deadly specimens. It is urgent they stop the worship of these turtles before all the pizza in India disappears forever and the cries of COWABUNGA! echo in the wind.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Kugelblitz on 12 November, 2009, 3:43
Wow, how silly. All the other religions are soooo much more reasonable given they are validated by the reliable duo of xenophobic tradition and unsubstantiated holy books written by unkown authors. I bet if one just gave a chance to let the turtle enter one's heart, he could change your life. I wonder if he had a virgin birth as well, or flew on a winged horse to heaven, or held up a magic sword to stop the earth's rotation (without killing everyone)? Now those are some reasonable ideas, not silly at all. No question about it, believing a turtle is god is sure silly!! But don't worry everyone,... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by fenris1011 on 12 November, 2009, 3:51
Turtles are so cool.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Metal Angel on 14 November, 2009, 3:01
Comment icon #7 Posted by Jack_of_Blades on 16 November, 2009, 1:34
Not any more silly than any other religion when you think about it. If a snake and a flaming bush can talk, why couldn't a turtle be god? Besides turtles are wins.
Comment icon #8 Posted by brlesq1 on 16 November, 2009, 7:06
C'mon...let 'em have their turtle.

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