Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Dubious world record, Nepal

This article in The Guardian describes the "world's biggest animal sacrifice," that just happened in Nepal.  250,000 animals were sacrificed to Gadhimai, a Hindu goddess of power. In return she grants wishes or something.
As dawn broke, the fair officially opened with the sacrifice of two rats, two pigeons, a pig, a lamb and a rooster in the main temple, to cheers of "Long live Gadhimai" from spectators pushing against each other for a better view.
In the main event, 250 appointed residents with traditional kukri knives began their task of decapitating more than 10,000 buffalo in a dusty enclosure guarded by high walls and armed police.
Frightened calves galloped around in vain as the men, wearing red bandanas and armbands, pursued them and chopped off their heads. Banned from entering the animal pen, hundreds of visitors scrambled up the three-metre walls to catch a glimpse of the carnage.
The writer, Olivia Lang,  is definitely telling two stories--underneath the facts of the story being related, there is a clear feeling of disgust at blood sacrifice as a spectator sport. And this photo speaks for itself, although the word "stricken" really hits the viewer in the gut.

I would like to have seen more in the article about the Nepalese and Indian protesters, and less about Brigitte Bardot.

PS. 50 decapitated animal heads later, I've decided to call off the search for an appropriate photo to accompany this article.

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