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Reost Feb 7th, 2016 02:05

A Jain tradition or a scam attempt?
 
When visiting Delhi Jain temple, we were given laurels of flowers by some random man, who put them on around our head, while saying something in Hindi (he spoke no English). The man then went away, leaving us the flowers.

Having had already fallen prey to some scams where people would give a „gift“ and then soon demand money, we quickly left the temple afterwards.

However, now I think that this maybe was a genuine gift. I wonder, what is the meaning of this tradition and is it common in Jain temples?

vaibhav_arora Feb 7th, 2016 08:32

Lemme get this straight.
  • Someone in a foreign country,
  • not speaking your language,
  • gives you flowers
  • demands nothing in exchange.
must be a scam.

best avoid such places next time round.

sab kuch milega Feb 7th, 2016 09:39

Reost, welcome to INCREDIBLE India! Open your heart :) (Well said, V!)

Reost Feb 7th, 2016 18:49

Quote:

Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora (Post 1941928)
Lemme get this straight.
  • Someone in a foreign country,
  • not speaking your language,
  • gives you flowers
  • demands nothing in exchange.
must be a scam.

best avoid such places next time round.

Depends on country / culture I think. I was in similar situations in other countries that were not scams (points 1, 2 and 4 were the same, but the gift was other things, such as food). This happened in places such as South Korea and Iran. However, in these countries scams are nearly non-existent (there was not a single attempt to scam me there) so I never even had a presumption that those could be scams.

The situation in India is different, although if it would be some kind of religious tradition to give such flowers (in the way, for example, food is given by Sikhs in gurdwaras), then it could be non-scam as well, that's why I ask about the meaning of laurel of flowers in Jain rituals.

Fing Fang Feb 7th, 2016 23:17

I was going to say no, but since you specified that the flowers were "laurel flowers"....

Complete scam. I'd be careful of those temples and people that hang around them, always watch your back in India ;)


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