Festival of mass animal sacrifice begins

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Festival of mass animal sacrifice begins
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Tue, 11-24-2009 - 1:28pm

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5goxbf45tEc4Xj_WypDW6j3G6fE4wD9C6127G1?index=3

from the article:

"Festival of mass animal sacrifice begins in Nepal

By GEMUNU AMARASINGHE (AP) – 1 hour ago

BARIYAPUR, Nepal — The ceremony began with prayers in a temple by tens of thousands of Hindus before dawn Tuesday. Then it shifted to a nearby corral, where in the cold morning mist, scores of butchers wielding curved swords began slaughtering buffalo calves by hacking off their heads.

Over two days, 200,000 buffaloes, goats, chickens and pigeons will be killed as part of a blood-soaked festival held every five years to honor Gadhimai, a Hindu goddess of power.

While cows are sacred and protected by law in Nepal, animal sacrifice has a long history in this overwhelmingly Hindu country and parts of neighboring India. The Bariyapur festival has become so big, in part, because such ceremonies have been banned in many areas in the neighboring Indian state of Bihar.

And while it is criticized by animal-rights protesters, the festival is defended as a centuries-old tradition.

Many Nepalis believe that sacrifices in Gadhimai's honor will bring them prosperity. They also believe that by eating the meat, which is taken back to their villages and consumed during feasts, they will be protected from evil.

Taranath Gautam, the top government official in the area, estimated that more than 200,000 people had come for the ceremony in Bariyapur, some 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Katmandu. Some brought their own animals to sacrifice.

"I am here with my mother who had promised the goddess she would sacrifice a goat. It was her wish and promise and I am glad we were able to fulfill it," said Pramod Das, a farmer from the nearby village of Sarlahi. "I believe now my mother's wishes will come true."

Animal rights groups don't have much power in Nepal, but they have staged repeated protests in recent weeks. Local news reports say some activists set up stands in towns on the way to the Bariyapur temple, offering Hindu pilgrims coconuts and other fruits to sacrifice instead of animals.

There was no sign of them Tuesday.

"We were unable to stop the animal sacrifices this year but we will continue our campaign to stop killings during this festival," said Pramada Shah of the group Animals Nepal.

The ceremony, which goes back for generations, has enormous resonance in a country where per capital income is about $25 a month, illiteracy is widespread and vast social divides have left millions working as tenant farmers for feudal landlords.

Even many educated Nepalis see value in the tradition."

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Tue, 11-24-2009 - 2:48pm

I couldn't tell from the article, and how I feel about this hinges entirely on this one factor...


Is this the "Third Harvest?"




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Tue, 11-24-2009 - 7:23pm
Well the all meat is eaten, but the ritual only takes place every 5 years.
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Wed, 11-25-2009 - 12:08am
How many turkeys are killed for Thanksgiving?
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Wed, 11-25-2009 - 8:54am
See, I think I'm okay with sacrificed animals being eaten.



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Wed, 11-25-2009 - 12:57pm

I agree. I think I have come 'round to thinking as you do. We "sacrifice" animals in our culture every single day, not by our own hands, but we buy the butchered meat nicely packaged for us, KWIM? Nevertheless these animals have also been "sacrificed" for our benefit as a species, for those of us who are meat eaters, in any case. Of course, the "meat industry" is not spiritual in intent or methods, and is known for its cruetly and the animal suffering in terror and being handled as jsut "things," a "product," without any respect at all, and dying in terror, too. And we eat that meat. <:-\\

But if the animal is killed respectfully and not cruelly, it's suffering and terror not prolonged, and the meat eaten as well, for a spiritual/religious ritual, I don't find a lot to object to, either. Although that is not part of my religion and practice, and I would not personally practice such a religion, myself. I didn't read anything in the article about the quality of the *methods* of killing these animals in ritual, though, as to quick death with little suffering/terror, etc., so I have no sense of whether the killing is done humanely or not, either. And that troubles me, as does our own meat industry... I *do* like the idea the meat is not wasted, but is eaten, taken back to villages, etc. Reminds me of Native American practices in the past of using all of the animal possible, and honoring the animal's death for the people's benefit.



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"What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night.

It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.

It is the little shadow which runs across the grass

and loses itself in the sunset.



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"All things share the same breath;

the beast, the tree, the man.

The Air shares its spirit with

all the life it supports."

--Chief Seattle



"If there are no dogs in Heaven,

then when I die I want to go where they went."

~Will Rogers



"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress

can be judged by the way its animals are treated."

~~Mahatma Gandhi







Blessings,

Gypsy

)O(



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Wed, 11-25-2009 - 3:14pm

Personally I'm not seeing how this is worse than shooting deer....

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Thu, 11-26-2009 - 8:13am

I eat meat. If I complain that an animal is killed in the process, that makes me a little silly, no?

Personally, I am far more bothered by things like sharks being killed for their fins, elephants being killed for their ivory, bears being killed for their claws and teeth.

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Sat, 12-12-2009 - 11:28am
This ritual bothers me to the core....I think it is all nonsense.They feel it brings them prosperity??As in good health??Happiness??Wealth?? Well if killing thousands of animals brings them prosperity howcome so many people in nepal are desperatley poor and sick and have horrible lives??They havn't realised that clearly despite there animal killing they are not prosperous??

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Sun, 12-13-2009 - 4:19am
Okay, so hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of animals are killed every year in the meat industry. Everything about slaughterhouses, from the living conditions to the way the animals are killed is cruel. But nobody seems to care. But, the second the word religious is added to the process, the animal rights activists come out. What makes this practice any worse than the meat industry? The animals are not going to waste, they are being eaten, same as the animals we kill every day in slaughterhouses. The only real differences are that THESE animals got to have decent lives beforehand, and have prayers said before their deaths. Why do those differences suddenly make the process barbaric?
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Sun, 12-13-2009 - 2:29pm
Very good points! Raising animals for food should be done with respect and humane treatment, including their moment of death. And a sense of gratitude for the animal's sacrifice of its life for our sustenance.


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Gypsy

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"What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night.

It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.

It is the little shadow which runs across the grass

and loses itself in the sunset.



- Crowfoot, Blackfoot warrior and orator



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Mika Dog




"All things share the same breath;

the beast, the tree, the man.

The Air shares its spirit with

all the life it supports."

--Chief Seattle



"If there are no dogs in Heaven,

then when I die I want to go where they went."

~Will Rogers



"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress

can be judged by the way its animals are treated."

~~Mahatma Gandhi






Blessings,

Gypsy

)O(



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