Everyone has little tips and tricks to bring good luck in the new year, but this is not one of them we’ve personally ever tried. Footage has emerged showcasing a line of brave souls in Madhya, central India, voluntarily getting stepped on by a herd of cattle. The participants lay down on their stomachs as they await for the impending stampede, and onlookers shove the cattle onto the men. It may not look that terrifying at first, but the stampede gets bigger and bigger, forcing more and more cattle onto the participants.
According to The Daily Mail, “The belief is that the cows can help erase any problems and bring prosperity into their lives,” which is pretty crazy if you think about the injuries associated with a heard of mid-sized cows trampling you. So far, locals claim no one has died during one of the ceremonies, but if you do get hurt in the stampede, the healing of your wound will supposedly bring you even more luck.
In the Hindu religion, cows are considered sacred beings. The National Hindu Students’ Forum notes, “The cow is a symbol of the Earth, the nourisher, the ever-giving, undemanding provider. The cow represents life and the sustenance of life.” The cattle used in this specific post-Diwali ceremony (called Ekadeshi) aren’t your run-of-the-mill cows. Just look at the headdresses and jewelry each cow is sporting. A cow this sacred is bound to bring good luck, even after it stomps on your head.
[via Daily Mail]