Opium Ceremonial. near Jodhpur. Rajasthan
In village near jodhpur, Enchie and her husband during the one the opium ceremony- a ritual by which guests are traditionally welcomed. Opium is distiilled in a small toolr seen on the bottom left, then the liquid is given into your hands to drink.. I tried, but it doesn't taste of anything..
Although now illegal in India, and forbidden by the 24th tenets of the Bishnoi, the sect still uses it and have been given special consent from the Indian government to use opium for ‘religious’ purposes. Legally , they are only allowed to use empty poppy pods, after the opium has been extracted for medical manufacture. The pods are then ground, mixed with a sugar solution, then diluted further with water for the ceremony.
I must say that nowadays it's mostly a touristic attraction.