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[–]CountZapolai 1408 points1409 points  (31 children)

and on Tuesdays

But of course

[–]Minas-Harad 352 points353 points  (3 children)

Well clearly he hates the female anatomy so much he doesn't ever want to hear anyone say "see you next Tuesday"

[–]puesyomero 76 points77 points  (3 children)

But of course

I mean if you were an ancient African river god wouldn't you care for the Roman 7 day week?

[–]jroddie4 45 points46 points  (2 children)

He doesn't have anything against Tuesday's, he's just off that day

[–]pawnografik 10 points11 points  (4 children)

I'm surprised they even bothered to state it. Everyone knows women shouldn't cross rivers on Tuesdays.

[–]hamsterkris 11 points12 points  (3 children)

I've read that orthodox jews aren't allowed to tie knots on Saturdays, but their religion at least has something to do with the week. (God created the Earth in seven days.)

Most days (in English) are named after Norse gods, Thursday is Thor's day, Tuesday is Tyr's day, Friday is Freya's day, Wednesday is Odin's day (Wōdnesdæg, Middle English version writes it as Wednesdei, "day of Woden".

They was originally named after planets named after Roman gods that were mostly taken from Greek gods, but Germanic languages (including English) substituted it with Germanic gods. So Jupiter (same as Zeus) was replaced with Thor.

(sorry for long comment, I'm Swedish, couldn't help myself)

[–]chanman999 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Ah so this is the kind ofeducation you get in a non-shithole country. /s

[–]Ragnarotico 13 points14 points  (0 children)

That part makes me laugh really hard... it's like "yo when they be bleedin'... and on Tuesdays."

[–]multiple_lobsters 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Does it say anything about bank holidays?

[–]Salt-Pile 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah, I'd put money on said "river god" or rather his spokesman doing something shady near that river on Tuesdays.

The menstruation part is just a cover up to make it sound more like a normal religious prohibition.

[–]shinda-sekai-sensen 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's Tuesday my dudes........

[–]SCM7 1201 points1202 points  (226 children)

I feel that this is a headline that should be in a RPG setting like D&D or Pathfinder, not IRL.
What.

[–]Corellian_Browncoat 163 points164 points  (10 children)

Eh, beating up a local river god is straight out of the Exalted RPG core rulebook, so I'd go with that over D&D or PF.

Seriously though, I had to check what sub I'm in when I saw the headline.

[–]MrAcurite 21 points22 points  (3 children)

Achilles fought the river god Scamander in the Iliad

[–]PeridotSapphire 10 points11 points  (0 children)

My girlfriend adores Exhaulted and I have to side with you on this one. This is completely awful.

[–]brightdave 114 points115 points  (11 children)

What do you think life is. Its just one big RPG.

[–]Edheldui 36 points37 points  (4 children)

Yeah, but it's pay2win.

[–]techsupport2020 12 points13 points  (2 children)

Except everything can only be bought with in game money.

[–]Edheldui 19 points20 points  (1 child)

You either need high charisma or you have to roll good starting equipment at character creation. Alternatively, you can go with a chaotic evil alignment and basically play on easy mode.

[–]CynicalTree 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Only if you have the favours perk that lets you call for a bail whenever you get busted.

Requires the Rich Parents or Corporate Connections perk.

[–]obtrae 733 points734 points  (83 children)

The river God told them to build a bridge for those girls, but that was conveniently left unheard.

[–]JungleGoldGuys 339 points340 points  (65 children)

Actually the Bridge wouldn’t help. They’re literally not allowed to crossover from one side of the river to the other irrespective of the how. This includes but is not limited to canoes or bridges. It’s the act of crossing over the river.

Scott and I spent nearly 2.5 years there in Ghana over the space of 6 years. Traveling back and forth. The vast majority of that time in country was spent along the Ofin river (Pronounced Oaf-een). Women not crossing the river on Tuesdays is such common place knowledge. In fact, in my experience they won’t cross on any Tuesday. Menstruating didn’t matter. It was also widely understood that if a woman did cross the river on a Tuesday she would become pregnant.

Also, and this next belief is topic adjacent, but oft time we would be traveling to our site or around the area for whatever the reasons and on Tuesdays none of the women would be allowed to work with the Galamsays. Galamsay miners are “artesanal miners” which always seemed to us a more flowery word for what a lot of these miners REALLY were, which is the hardest working, boot strapping, make it happen yourself mother f’ers I’ve ever seen. Their name is also synonymous with “Illegal Miners” a lot of the time. But more often than not they go to a plot of land and with no more than shovels they dig and wash with little more than a home made plank of wood, tilted at an angle with a small square of carpet at the end. They find gold. More than Scott and I were ever capable of finding. Some would be mechanized, but most of them wouldn’t be at all. It was sheer will. That being explained, on Tuesdays, no women allowed if they’re menstruating. I was told verbatim; “The blood will chase the gold away”. Keep in mind, one of the keys to “finding” Gold’s is washing it, and you need water. And that water comes from??? You guessed it, the rivers and streams. I remember one time seeing a group of about 8 women who, on a Tuesday of course were not allowed to mine with the men, and so there they were, off the beaten path in an old Chinese mining hole that was not reclaimed, and they were right up against the edge of the pit washing dirt by hand. I remember walking past them and thinking how hard, how truly hard that kind of work was and yet here they are. Cutoff from the men another Tuesday in a row, but unstoppable. They would provide for their families and themselves (these were women mind you, not young girls). From an entrepreneurs viewpoint I remember thinking wow, and I was ashamed also because I knew that these women were working harder than I have ever worked in my entire life... and for them; it was just another Tuesday.

[–]acdcfanbill 95 points96 points  (16 children)

Actually the Bridge wouldn’t help. They’re literally not allowed to crossover from one side of the river to the other irrespective of the how. This includes but is not limited to canoes or bridges. It’s the act of crossing over the river.

Hrm so my glorious tunnel under the river plan is out then too?

[–]Hirork 11 points12 points  (6 children)

Seems fine to me since you're going under not crossing over.

[–]Zeusolympus 6 points7 points  (5 children)

I think you're still crossing the river. It doesn't matter if you're under or over it. From som perspective it's still crossing.

[–]JungleGoldGuys 16 points17 points  (3 children)

Rules are rules.

[–]mostnormal 19 points20 points  (2 children)

How about traversing the globe in the opposite direction of the river to get to the other side. Technically you wouldn't be crossing that particular river so it should be allowed.

[–]JungleGoldGuys 9 points10 points  (1 child)

This guy figured it out. Everybody can just go home, we got the problem fixed right here.

[–]4fathersnspikedbats 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Well they did say "crossover", nothing about under.

[–]TheSensualSloth 2 points3 points  (2 children)

What if they just turned around and took the long way around?

[–]ClosetDoorEnthusiast 25 points26 points  (3 children)

I’m not sure how long ago you were in Ghana, but the expansion of galamsay is wreaking havoc on the environment. However hardworking and bootstrapping these illegal miners may be, they are utterly destroying waterways, and are outlawed for good reason.

[–]JungleGoldGuys 23 points24 points  (2 children)

I had a front row to it. And you’re right they don’t help the environment at all. In my experience it was the Chinese miners who were front an center. They had the money to run fully mechanized operations, but they would NEVER reclaim land. Granted, neither do most Galamsay, but the rate in which they can move dirt pales in comparison to the well funded Chinese. Our show shined a light front and center on the Chinese and not too long after thousands of Chinese were deported. Illegal mining slowed. But, from what I hear it’s back and stronger than ever. I don’t defend that. Admire the grit? Yes. I’ve dug in pits with these guys and worked with them. They are such hard workers. But, the practices, use of mercury, etc. cannot be defended. But if one were to try, they would say, in some cases, they just need money. Not a good excuse. But I’ve heard it.

[–]ClosetDoorEnthusiast 10 points11 points  (1 child)

That sounds spot on, and I apologize for having inferred praise for the practice in general. The guys in the pits are not the problem, but, of course, the moneyed interests behind them don’t get an appropriate share of the blame. And, yes, the pace has picked up again, though the government in conjunction with the media has begun to shine a light on it in an effort to get it under control.

[–]JungleGoldGuys 2 points3 points  (0 children)

No apology needed, it's a solid point to bring up. And again, I spent most of my time in a few areas within 1 region of Ghana, granted a heavily mined region, but I'm certain that if we looked closer you would find what you were saying also.

[–]thecatgoesmoo 48 points49 points  (17 children)

How fucking stupid are these people? Also who the hell is Scott??

[–]JungleGoldGuys 44 points45 points  (13 children)

Yep, Scott was my business partner. We started mining, in Ghana, then after a couple years Scott wrote a letter to the production company of Gold Rush. They responded and we had a reality tv show on Discovery for 2 short-lived seasons on the Discovery Channel. Scott and I don’t work together any longer, but we’re still best friends. I texted him this article. He said we could have beat the BBC to the River God story by 8 Years.

[–]fArmageddon2 18 points19 points  (2 children)

Ok now we know who Scott is, but can you tell us about Amy?

[–]JungleGoldGuys 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Just saw that. As I read once in r/showerthoughts I swear I correct Auto-correct more than Auto-correct corrects me.

[–]HappiestIguana 7 points8 points  (0 children)

From his username he seems to br part of some sort of survivalist or travel show.

Also lack of education does that to you.

[–]IonSeal 13 points14 points  (1 child)

How fucking stupid are these people?

Uneducated/mis-educated is not the same thing as stupid. Ignorance can be cured and represents waste when it isn't.

[–]fabricator77 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Dam the river with tons of earth fill, every tuesday. Problem solved.

[–]Alit_Quar 4 points5 points  (1 child)

So this is not some new decree? Is the “river god” just a deity they’ve always believed in or some shmuck villager or priest making up rules?

[–]JungleGoldGuys 7 points8 points  (0 children)

It’s not new at all. However, I admit I’m not sure how far back it began. I can say that from my point of view I was not always convinced that the belief in the River Gods was always genuine or pure, not always. Before mining any land we would always have to do a ceremony with libations and sometimes even a sacrifice (chickens and one time it was a goat). This would entail the Chief of the land and the Elders. There would be alcohol drinking (by the Chief and Elders, they would offer to us and we would always point to the next guy) and alcohol being poured on the ground. But then there was money offered as well. Now, money doesn’t always taint religious belief/customs for me, however when I can pay an extra amount to be able to mine on Tuesdays it was frustrating. It was interesting to know that simply by paying more money, this some how made it either acceptable to mine on Tuesdays, or admittedly in other cases, an acceptable risk.

[–]helm 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It was also widely understood that if a woman did cross the river on a Tuesday she would become pregnant.

This really reads like there is an open season on women by the river on Tuesdays, and that things were bound to happen whether the women wanted it or not.

[–]reddititrist 62 points63 points  (0 children)

If a river god speaks in the forest and you hear him, do you still build a bridge?

[–]vonmonologue 50 points51 points  (10 children)

I was about to call you racist because bridges aren't that hard to build and surely there'd be a bridge across a river that people have to cross daily.

There's one. One bridge in over 50 miles of river. One bridge only at the largest of all the towns in that district.

Damn Ghana. Get it together.

[–]Jericcho 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Where is top gear/Grand tour when you need them.

[–]beachedwhale1945 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I’d be more concerned about hygiene. From the World Bank report linked in the article:

It is estimated that 11.5 million women in Ghana lack hygiene/sanitation management facilities that adequately separate waste from human contact. According to the latest UNICEF water and sanitation in schools monitoring report, 59 percent of primary schools in Ghana have adequate water and 62 percent have adequate sanitation.

[–]vonmonologue 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Granted, that's a more serious concern, but sanitation requires central planning and infrastructure and investment.

A footbridge is something that can be built by a group of villagers over a few month period and has been a technology known since ... I don't even know -- The neolithic age probably. It can literally be made out of rough timber and uncut stone, and often were before the Romans made it into an art form over 2000 years ago.

We're not talking about a steel cable suspension bridge that can support an 18 wheeler with a gross weight of 22,000lbs. Just a footbridge that schoolgirls can walk across.

[–]beachedwhale1945 5 points6 points  (0 children)

but sanitation requires central planning and infrastructure and investment.

So do schools. 40% don’t have effective sanitation. We’re not talking about sewers, as I highly doubt that’s available in the other schools, so you don’t need much infrastructure or central planning. Just enough to organize where the materials are going and organize the supplies, most of which could be delivered by boat or helicopter if necessary.

A footbridge is something that can be built by a group of villagers over a few month period and has been a technology known since ... I don't even know -- The neolithic age probably. It can literally be made out of rough timber and uncut stone, and often were before the Romans made it into an art form over 2000 years ago.

It depends on the river. On a river that wide a wooden footbridge isn’t going to last. You need a solid foundation and a firm bottom for the supports. This would require pile drivers at a minimum, and while you can make a crude pile driver that’s going to require poles long enough to get through the relatively deep water (given the width of the river) and deep into the bottom, preferably several feet. You’d also need to ensure river boat traffic can get by, complicating the design. The Romans could do it, and apart from the boat requirements the locals probably could too, but the Romans had far more infrastructure and building experience than these locals. There’s a reason Roman structures stand to this day.

Just a footbridge that schoolgirls can walk across.

On a river 100 feet or 30 meters wide. That’s more than a simple footbridge.

[–]American_Phi 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Some rivers can be extremely hard to bridge due to frequent flooding, an extraordinarily deep channel, or a very fast current, among other concerns. It's not unreasonable or racist to assume a very poor country without the capital to properly build other types infrastructure might not have a lot of bridges.

[–]Bitchezbecraay 2307 points2308 points  (79 children)

River god.. how does one get a job like that?

ETA: Woke up to 2k likes. That's the most I've ever had. Thanks kind internet strangers lol. I might not be a river god but I can settle for reddit god.

happy new year to me! 😂

[–]MINKIN2 2231 points2232 points  (16 children)

Step 1: Find a popular river crossing

Step 2: Buy a ferry

Step 3: ?????

Step 4: Prophet

[–]WeHaveFreshCookies 41 points42 points  (0 children)

This is a quality joke.

[–]zenthepoet 9 points10 points  (0 children)

This guy memes.

[–]ASHill11 17 points18 points  (9 children)

!RedditSilver

[–]Mertag 38 points39 points  (6 children)

!redditgarlic

[–]Semblio 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Oily, pungent, and divisive. Just like redditors!

[–]InformationHorder 191 points192 points  (20 children)

I wonder how said "River god" will go about enforcement of this decree. Either: Not at all. Or we're getting a new headline next week about mandatory river crossing underwear checks...

[–]moreawkwardthenyou 23 points24 points  (3 children)

Good guy Kim has been fighting the water gods for years now. With nukes even

[–]diddles_giraffes 19 points20 points  (1 child)

Legends will be told and songs will be sung about the Mad Kims, who bucked the logic and science and diplomacy of the world in order to secretly fight the terrors of the deep. They had to be the world's nuisance to be its savior.

[–]avataRJ 14 points15 points  (0 children)

That beats Xerxes I (the Persian king from 300), whose real-life version sentenced the Hellespont (yes, the strait) to be whipped for destroying the bridge built for his army.

[–]RaptorXP 52 points53 points  (7 children)

How does one get a job like that?

[–]FFX13NL 74 points75 points  (3 children)

You are on a list now.

[–]FTorrez81 45 points46 points  (2 children)

The list of candidates?! Yes!

[–]notsowise23 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Droughts or flooding are their usual methods.

[–]madogvelkor 5 points6 points  (0 children)

At some point the river will either flood or go dry. Which is the anger of the river god.

[–]Zelcron 85 points86 points  (4 children)

Nepotism. Tough to get in unless you know an ocean deity.

[–]keitamaki 43 points44 points  (0 children)

/u/rivergod care to comment?

[–]14fore 33 points34 points  (0 children)

I saw the river god a few years back in Vegas. That Irish guy can sure dance. Or was it River Dance? Too many free drinks. That weekend was a blur.

[–]wtioverlord 59 points60 points  (6 children)

  1. Find uneducated people
  2. Call yourself river god
  3. Profit

[–]TheDonDelC 34 points35 points  (3 children)

A watery tart

[–]TechieToch 19 points20 points  (2 children)

Was she handing out swords again, god dammit?

[–]BouncingBallOnKnee 11 points12 points  (1 child)

That is no basis in forming a government man.

[–]Mr_Smooooth 5 points6 points  (0 children)

If I went around calling myself king because some moistened bint lobbed a scimitar at me, they'd lock me up!

[–]MaiqTheLawyer 12 points13 points  (0 children)

First, you need to be in a Ghibli movie.

[–]Viking_Mana 17 points18 points  (2 children)

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR!?

[–]BaconBased 13 points14 points  (4 children)

The YouTube channel Oats has a good tutorial you can follow:

  1. Live the life of a peaceful Vietnamese farmer during the Vietnam War

  2. Have your whole village get burned to the ground while you were out fishing

  3. Clutch your arms around your dead wife and yell into the sky

  4. Have your skin flake off and float away as you get REALLY angry

  5. Get so angry that you become a Type Green

  6. Send American soldiers to alternate timelines and alter the biological nature of any corpses you find on the battlefield

  7. Make things float in the air

  8. Profit

[–]btwilliger 8 points9 points  (3 children)

Wtf are you talking about heh.

[–]TheDiscordedSnarl 6 points7 points  (0 children)

He Bo is branching out or outsourcing...

[–]fizban75 4 points5 points  (1 child)

When someone asks you if you're a River God, you say YES!

[–]Papafynn 172 points173 points  (11 children)

Grew up in Ghana. There are plethora of these rules. They normally serve a conservation purpose or a simple sexiest. Not fishing, farming or hunting on certain days just serve a conservation purpose but like all things in a religious setting it's tied to the wishes of one deity or the other.

It's B.S....the God part.

Now, these girls can cross this river anyday of the week regardless of their menstrual cycle. That is to say, no one is checking. But will they dare? It's the equivalent of a Catholic stealing the bread & wine meant for the Eucharist. No, you won't burn in hell but 99.99999% of those raised to believe in the Eucharist will not dare!

Solving this.

You will need to convince only ONE person to change this custom. It's neither the government or the chiefs of these traditional area to stop this. You need to convince the Queen Mother.

In this part of Ghana (This falls within the Ashanti Kingdom) the Queen Mother is arguably the most powerful monarch. She a woman (duh) & the Kingmaker. Convince her & she will end this in a day. Libations will poured, sacrifices made, gods appeased and BOOM.... girls can magically cross this river. It would help if the Queen Mother crosses first....you know just to make sure the gods are indeed okay with this rule change.

All said & done, it's an age old tradition and traditions die hard. Most of the girls will still be too scared to cross. Fear of malicious spirits red in tooth and claw rule our lives.

[–]Tyhgujgt 30 points31 points  (2 children)

Yeah but what if she gets pregnant after crossing?

[–]stdexception 30 points31 points  (0 children)

Queen Mother... Kingmaker... This sounds like part of a Game of Thrones plot.

[–]rewind45 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Is the queen mother an actual person? Who chooses the queen mother.

[–]Papafynn 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Yes, she an actual person. Ashanti's are matrilineal so I believe it's inherited along a female line. I don't know how the selection is done though.

[–]tigermomo 6 points7 points  (0 children)

What her number?

[–]Zaigard 128 points129 points  (14 children)

So this river god is weak to girls on Tuesdays and when they are menstruating?

[–]Dustin_00 90 points91 points  (3 children)

I am a powerful, manly go -- gah! Is that blood! I faint!

[–]SuperfluousWingspan 51 points52 points  (2 children)

I TOLD YOU NOT TO CROSS THE STREAMS MEDAMMIT.

[–]The_quietest_voice 15 points16 points  (1 child)

MEDAMMIT

Took me a second...

[–]socialistRanter 29 points30 points  (5 children)

The river god is an excuse to prevent girls from getting an education. I’m pretty sure the river god is more preoccupied with making sure his river is clean from pollution and that the fish thrive rather than who crosses his river on what day.

[–]Zomaarwat 20 points21 points  (2 children)

Idk, gods can be kinda petty at times.

[–]notenoughroomtofitmy 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I don't know how to classify God's demands as petty and not petty. For me, the very act of demanding something from humans makes any of God's demand petty....i mean you're God!

[–]generalvostok 101 points102 points  (8 children)

Ghanaian river gods appear to be giant dicks just like Greek river gods.

[–]socialistRanter 35 points36 points  (7 children)

At least Ghanaian gods don’t put their dick into everything like Greek gods.

[–]Antivote 66 points67 points  (4 children)

" It was also widely understood that if a woman did cross the river on a Tuesday she would become pregnant."

from a poster above who's been to the region.

[–]socialistRanter 15 points16 points  (3 children)

What’s with gods and male immortals trying to impregnate everyone? Do they want to paid an obscene amount of child support?

[–]Antivote 15 points16 points  (2 children)

when you're immortal you deadbeat it and just wait out your prison sentences.

[–]Tyhgujgt 5 points6 points  (1 child)

  1. Fuck someone
  2. Wait 5 years
  3. Fuck someone else

Truly the life of god

[–]Xuthor 80 points81 points  (2 children)

When dealing with a troublesome river god (i.e. a flood destroyed your infrastructure project) the best course is to have your army whip the water for a few days so the locals know you will not put up with such insolence. - Xerxes

[–]geeses 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Caligula approves of this idea.

[–]Ethenil_Myr 4 points5 points  (0 children)

"If it be in the internet, it is certainly true." - Cicero

[–]Jack0091 215 points216 points  (7 children)

River God? These rapper names are getting out of control.

[–]ErrantObliviousness 35 points36 points  (1 child)

I'm beginning to feel like a river god.

[–]marcuschookt 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Lil River makes good mumblerap and you just don't get it. My favorite lyrics go like this:

mmhmm yehimmehmehmmmhmm

[–]CtrlAltTrump 3 points4 points  (0 children)

new HBO show River God, more nudity, more violence

[–]yantrik 54 points55 points  (4 children)

Fuck the river god who cant make a school at the village .... Gods like these die in school (books /education) , may be that's why.

[–]Hans_Klopeks_Beard 39 points40 points  (3 children)

Don't mock the river god.

[–]socialistRanter 19 points20 points  (2 children)

Exactly, the river god is not the problem been it’s the authorities using the river god as an excuse to prevent girls from getting an education.

[–]dipo4you 164 points165 points  (10 children)

I am only concerned about these kids having to constantly cross a river to go to go to school. Forget about this crazy river god, the real issue here is not menstruation but the safety for these kids. Authorities should construct a bridge.

[–]othersomethings 85 points86 points  (1 child)

“The Authrorities” here appears to literally be called a river god.

So they might have a few issues to iron out before they get to bridges and infrastructure planning.

[–]WOLVERINERadek 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Or boat building.

[–]DoxxingShillDownvote 110 points111 points  (4 children)

Actually it's a pretty good strategy. This way you get the smartest and the strongest Anyone too weak gets washed away and anyone too dumb gets thrown in the river too? I mean that wasn't in the article but I am assuming

[–]jmdg007 41 points42 points  (0 children)

Similar strategies really helped Sparta remain relevant

[–]fjonk 28 points29 points  (1 child)

Not exactly. You get the best rivercrossers.

[–]Katholikos 12 points13 points  (0 children)

There is a correlation between skills required to cross rivers and to kick messengers into wells, so it works out

[–]snowbirdie 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Building a bridge still results in crossing a river. Do you English much?

[–]JehovahsNutsack 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The River God requested a bridge be built.

[–]HadHerses 12 points13 points  (0 children)

What do River God's have against Tuesdays?

[–]cock_pussy_up 82 points83 points  (2 children)

"Stop bleeding on me, its kind of gross." - River God.

[–]Cottidae 67 points68 points  (1 child)

"Plus, Tuesday's are my day off." - River God.

[–]re_nonsequiturs 20 points21 points  (3 children)

And on Tuesdays

So that's what Nuggan got up to after the Duchess died.

(In the Terry Pratchett book, Monstrous Regiment, a strictly religious country follows a god who hands down a terrifyingly long list of things that are anathema, such that breaking them is guaranteed. )

[–]Frogiavelli 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Can we write to our own river gods to see if there's anything that can be done about this?

It's 2018, we need more progressive river gods in the world and dinosaurs like this one need to go.

[–]Farangis_H 16 points17 points  (0 children)

meanwhile officials are more concerned about getting an apology for their country being referred to as a shithole.

[–]akajpete 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Local river God? K

[–]MizchiefKilz 8 points9 points  (0 children)

But this place is totally not a shithole.

[–]Chili_Maggot 8 points9 points  (0 children)

"Super weird how I only menstruate on weekends, huh?"

[–]whatsthatbutt 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Seems like just a way to get girls to not go to school, to keep them oppressed

[–]princessrhubarb 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Ugh 😑

[–]Hambjob 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Some days I wonder how much more screwed up politics could be. And then I wonder how bad it would get if everyone took advice from an African shaman. And then I realize I do not have to wonder because it happens all the time in Africa. I hope your population explosion leads to a great awakening because listening to a guy who lives out in the woods, all alone for most of his life, about anything other than the woods he lives in, is a mistake. Do not make policy on a hermit who refuses to know his people and lives "by the old gods".

[–]VinnieMatch69 6 points7 points  (0 children)

what a shithole of a country.

[–]leroymcfiggans 4 points5 points  (0 children)

What is this River God's stance on Building Bridges?

[–]Carl_Clegg 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Those river Gods can put up with open sewer pipes, shopping trolleys and frogs ...but teenage girls? Hell no!

[–]_WMSTEOOPAAFFWC_ 41 points42 points  (1 child)

Literally shithole countries lmao

[–]starchyewexbox 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Aquaman is turning out to be a real dick.

[–]TheCrestlineKid 4 points5 points  (5 children)

Who's checking menstruation ?

[–]RudegarWithFunnyHat 6 points7 points  (3 children)

local river god, being an omnipotent being it should prove no significant problem miss money penny

[–]Zomaarwat 5 points6 points  (2 children)

I doubt it's omnipotent, probably just has some cool water tricks.

[–]AngryBigMac 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I actually had to double check that it's really 2018.

[–]ChuTangClan 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I'm afraid the river god has spoken and no gods are made up so, nothing can be done

[–]nyx_on 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Talking about Nepal.

Woman in Nepal dies after being exiled to outdoor hut during her period

[–]IAmAChickenMcNugget 5 points6 points  (0 children)

All jokes aside, can we talk about how fucked up this is?

[–]MaiqTheLawyer 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Thank Jebus that we don't have any crazy/stupid beliefs here in the USA.

[–]AnOrangeDot 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Why would a river spirit care about menstrual blood in its waters?

Lots of other gross stuff to worry about, like industrial chemicals and potentially the faeces of swine which are probbably a lot more harmful to the river ecosystem and possible supernatural beings than a little bit of blood could ever be.

The river god exscuse only holds up if you are an idiot with a faulty bullshit detector.

[–]ryanznock 4 points5 points  (0 children)

How about the fucking river god deal with his own neuroses. If he's afraid of women, he can just fuck off and stay upstream.

[–]Jimmy_Tips 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Its crazy how widespread local superstitions and voodoo are in many parts of Africa. Was watching a vice documentary about how Ghanaian internet fraudsters use voodoo to try to help them with their internet scams. Here's the video.

[–]Hello_giggles2018 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I taught for a bit in Ghana. Really lovely,friendly people. Would recommend anyone go there. This does however remind me of a time the group I went with wanted to climb a hill, but we had to meet the chiefs first for some reason. They said if you had your period you couldn't go up the hill. All the girls were pissing themselves laughing. I mean how were they suppose to know if we were in our periods or not?

[–]_Jean-Ralphio_ 28 points29 points  (0 children)

wow what a shithole

[–]gwayowdat 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Shithole

[–]fool_of_a_tuque 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Suddenly religion is silly when it's not YOUR god making the goofy rules

[–]EpsilonRose 6 points7 points  (0 children)

This story confuses me. There's all this talk about how a river god handed out a decree and how people apparently give gods a lot of power and those gods need more accountability and it seems to treat that as perfectly normal? The way it was being talked about, they might as well have been saying pastor or mayor, but there always no mention of anything like that.

Did I miss something?

[–]xandergod 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Shithole?

[–]markhomer2002 15 points16 points  (5 children)

Oh for fucks sake how can some poeple be so inherently stupid.

[–]bobusdoleus 11 points12 points  (2 children)

'Inherently' is the wrong word. You'd be like that too if someone taught you to be.

[–]Atotallyrandomname 2 points3 points  (0 children)

And Tuesdays...

[–]Zomaarwat 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Those damned rivergods. Someone ought to do something about those things. But for real, aren't there any bridges they can use?

[–]Darklydreamingx 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Can we call Geralt about this?

[–]2aleph0 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Why doesn't someone do something about periods?

[–]showeringwithbeer 2 points3 points  (0 children)

But like, the river god said no, so what do we do?

[–]stone_men 2 points3 points  (0 children)

a river that people probably stand on the edge and piss in is barring children on their period from going to school. ironic.

[–]Pardonme23 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Build a bridge

[–]used_jet_trash 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's almost as if religion is arbitrary and silly or something.

[–]jert3 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Wow. Get out of the stone age, folks.

[–]Explane 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Ghana = A nice place and nothing other than a pleasant place for people to live in harmony with fellows humans and nature. Certainly nothing less than that.

[–]Tundru 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Primitive religious superstition.

[–]Qapiojg 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That place sounds like a shithole

[–]kryptos99 13 points14 points  (16 children)

Fuck, this kind of news is so demoralizing, given that Africa is making great strides against traditional bullshit like this and towards a better future.

Come on Africa, one step back, two steps forward!! We're cheering for your prosperous, peaceful, happy future.

[–]mysteriousgarfunkle 11 points12 points  (3 children)

Maybe we shouldn't impose our disgusting western beliefs on these people.

[–]_WMSTEOOPAAFFWC_ 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Yes, all cultures are beautiful :))))) Let's all have a group hug and dance the Kumbaya

[–]Dicios 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Judy:"Moooooom I don't want to go to school, I'm menstruating!"

Mom:"Judy, you are 8 years old, you are not menstruating"

Judy:"But......Mooooooooom, It's uh Tuesday!?"

World:Is Tuesday

Mom:"River God dam it"

[–]cannondave 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Lol making laws to please a god, what a banana republic, it's like we would not allow gays the same rights because our god says its wrong lol that would be so fucked up /s