it may seem a little odd but that's just their custom
The Bishnoi people are just being polite and welcoming you to the village
It made me kind of confused to if we should refuse or accept the gesture
While the man went through the process of preparing, in itself worth watching,
he took a small piece of dry opium and smashed it toa powder in a copper bowl
he then added water...then it was filtered through a sieve several times all while he was
"praying"....the amal is then poured into his cupped hands..
Mr M and I kindly turned down his offer to try and
watched him drink the precious drops instead
(unfortunaletly I wasn't allowed to get any pictures if the dried opium nor the ceremony)
The name Bishnoi means 29....referring to the 20 Hindu and 9 Muslim principles the tribe lives by
- no killing or eating of animal
- no cutting down of living trees
- and no alcohol consumption
dressed in traditional red dresses and their special jewellery
they keep their villages really clean ...
in 1730 hundreds of Bishnoi people hugged trees trying to stop them from being cut down...
they where all beheaded ! but when the maharaja of Jodphur heard of their sacrifice he
commanded a stop of both cutting down trees and the beheading of people
how a turban is done....
it looked so easy...
yet another wonderful experience in colourful India