Sunday, August 8, 2010

Holy rats

Before I even stepped into the temple I knew I wasn't going to like it.  I hesitated before putting my bare foot down, hiked my pants up, and thought about what exactly I was going to be stepping on and contemplated turning back.  I looked up and saw the temple filled with people calmly walking through and decided if they can all do this, I can too.  While everyone in the temple was praying to their god, I was praying that I could keep it together enough to not scream if a rat ran over my foot.  Ahead of me I saw a man jump away and decided I could allow myself that much if one got too close.  Behind me Sanjay was reassuring me, again, that the rats are holy so they won't bite.

These little guys are everywhere.  They cover the edges of the room and crisscross the floors between people's feet.  They climb gates so when you turn your head there are rats at eye level.  I'm not sure what I had expected but it wasn't what I saw.  I do know that when I had read the word "rat" in the guide book in my head I had pictured the rats in pet stores - nice and clean.  These weren't like that.  We are told some of them were feeling hot and resting, though I'm not so sure they were simply sleeping.  Death is certainly the fate of these rats if they chose to escape the temple; they are only holy when living inside.  But why would they want to leave when they rats are fed a steady diet of sweets and sugary milk?  

Jeremiah handled it much better than I did.  He seemed as calm as the others and was willing to stop and get close to them to take pictures.  We searched unsuccessfully for the extra special white rat that is supposed to be very lucky to see.  I personally was glad to leave the temple and I'm okay if I never experience that again.


  1. Woof. Where is Pied Piper when you need him.

  2. That kind of grosses me out a lot! I'm impressed you kept it together and got the experience! I don't know if I would have been able to! Did it smell???

  3. That's so crazy! A few too many rats in there!I'm very impressed you managed to be in there with them. :)

  4. i dont know if this is an amazing adventure or a very unhealthy one. i know they think they are sacred but really? but hey, quite a trip! :)

  5. Oh wow. What a story! I don't know how you did it - I'm not sure I would have been able to handle it if one of those little guys ran over my foot. Some of them certainly did look dead!