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'World's biggest animal sacrifice' begins
news ^ | November 24, 2009 | Deepesh Shrestha

Posted on 11/24/2009 5:22:06 AM PST by JoeProBono

UP to a million Hindu devotees have gathered in a village in Nepal to witness the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of animals in a mass sacrifice that has drawn widespread criticism. Worshippers travelled long distances, many coming from India, to attend the two-day Gadhimai festival, which honours the Hindu goddess of power and takes place once every five years in southern Nepal.

A huge cry of "Long Live Gadhimai!" went up after the village temple's head priest launched the event with the ritual sacrifice of two wild rats, two pigeons, a rooster, a lamb and a pig.

The crowd then rushed to a nearby field where 250 sword-wielding butchers were waiting to begin the mass slaughter of about 20,000 buffalo, brought by devotees to be sacrificed near the holy temple.

"This is a very special day for Hindu devotees," head priest Mangal Chaudhary Tharu told AFP as the Gadhimai festival began.......

(Excerpt) Read more at news.com.au ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Religion; Society; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: bloodsacrife; bloodsacrifice; bridgetbardot; celebratediversity; diversity; gadhimai; hindu; india; jpb; napl; nepal; peta; sacrifice; savagesatwork

1 posted on 11/24/2009 5:22:07 AM PST by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

One big food kitchen!!


2 posted on 11/24/2009 5:25:00 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: JoeProBono

It is good to be a cow in India.


3 posted on 11/24/2009 5:25:19 AM PST by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: JoeProBono

I’m not quite sure I believe this...

It even says they eat the meat, hello, we’re talking Hindus?


4 posted on 11/24/2009 5:28:03 AM PST by sinanju
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To: sinanju

I guess Hindus eat Buffalo meat.


5 posted on 11/24/2009 5:32:33 AM PST by agere_contra
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To: Sacajaweau
On the other hand....

Tihar, the five-day Hindu festival of lights, has concluded. The second day, Kukur Tihar, is dedicated to worshiping dogs. Dogs -- even strays -- are given choice foods and decorated with garlands. It's believed they guard the underworld for Yamraj, the god of death, so they're asked to guard homes, and their ancient loyalty is also honored. Yet in a month, hundreds of thousands of Hindus are expected to travel to Nepal for another festival -- this one a mass animal sacrifice.

6 posted on 11/24/2009 5:33:39 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono
The crowd then rushed to a nearby field where 250 sword-wielding butchers were waiting to begin the mass slaughter of about 20,000 buffalo

With that many buffalo, they should have twice as many butchers. aka; The Hindi 500.

7 posted on 11/24/2009 5:38:40 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't fly, can't ski, can't drive, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best.)
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To: N. Theknow

8 posted on 11/24/2009 5:40:34 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono
The khukuri knives they use are/were standard issue for the Gurkhas. Nice!
9 posted on 11/24/2009 5:40:50 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: sinanju
Checking out the list of animals in the initial "send off" sacrifice, they have their own version of "turducken" (turkey, stuffed with a duck, stuffed with a hen ~ a favorite item in Lawziane) but this one is made with "two wild rats, two pigeons, a rooster, a lamb and a pig".

The Romans had a variation where they ended up with a rhinoceros stuffed with all sorts of stuff, and then roasted inside an elephant. Hindus also practice "the burnt offering" ~ just like the good old days.

BTW, there's a misunderstanding that Hinduism is a unified, uniform religion ~ it's not. Rather it's simply an agreement among all the various ancient religious groups in India to not violate caste lines, nor to seek members among the others.

Christians, Moslems and Buddhists are not part of the deal although there are frequent attempts made by your more classically oriented Hindus to FORCE them to accept the deal ~ that's where you get your "Hindu mob burns Christian missionary with tires" stories or "Hindus run rampant through Moslem quarter murdering women and children".

The Buddhists have mostly relocated to the perimeter of India proper. More recently tens of millions of Moslems gave up trying to suppress Hinduism and formed their own countries at the perimeter ~ to wit: Pakistan and Bengladesh.

10 posted on 11/24/2009 5:43:29 AM PST by muawiyah (Git Out The Way)
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To: Daffynition
Man's gotta know how to sharpen his kuhkuri

or so I'm told.

11 posted on 11/24/2009 5:51:53 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

But, but, but, but I thought that Hindus were peaceloving lovers of all animals, respectors of the sacredness of all life, even of mosquitos and tarantulas.


12 posted on 11/24/2009 5:57:28 AM PST by Houghton M.
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To: JoeProBono

A bunch of Godless savages.


13 posted on 11/24/2009 6:03:32 AM PST by MGMSwordsman
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To: JoeProBono
big PETA feast with gods, music and figs...just gotta get there... how are the local accommodations..? food channel folks might show up...
14 posted on 11/24/2009 6:09:39 AM PST by rusureitflies? (OSAMA BIN LADEN IS DEAD! There, I said it. Prove me wrong.)
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To: Houghton M.

That would be Buddhists.


15 posted on 11/24/2009 6:10:35 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: rusureitflies?

HOTEL VAISHALI - P.O. Box: 206, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal. Tel: 00977-1- 4413968, 4423934, 4423935, 4700847, 4700849 Fax: 977-1-414510


16 posted on 11/24/2009 6:14:50 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono
Yes. You've been told. Multiple times.

And I hasten to add, your life may depend on it. ;-P


17 posted on 11/24/2009 6:23:22 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: JoeProBono

Animal rights people, are you watching this?


18 posted on 11/24/2009 6:27:39 AM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: Leftism is Mentally Deranged

Nepal’s government has refused to put a stop to what it says is a centuries-old religious tradition, despite a vocal opposition campaign from local animal rights activists who say the slaughter is needless cruelty.

Their cause is supported by the well-known Indian animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi and by the French film star turned campaigner Brigitte Bardot, who this month wrote to Nepal’s president urging him to put a stop to the festival.

Armed police have been deployed around the temple grounds and there were fears of clashes between animal rights activists and festival-goers.


19 posted on 11/24/2009 6:32:58 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

I don’t know why but I thought it was going to be some kind of satire on Thanksgiving by the title.


20 posted on 11/24/2009 7:10:11 AM PST by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: JoeProBono; Slings and Arrows
The crowd then rushed to a nearby field where 250 sword-wielding butchers were waiting to begin the mass slaughter of about 20,000 buffalo

The cow is a sacred animal, I guess they prefer to eat the lower fat buffalo. REALLY like to eat it...

21 posted on 11/24/2009 8:29:16 AM PST by a fool in paradise (I refuse to "reduce my carbon footprint" all while Lenin remains in an airconditioned shrine)
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To: a fool in paradise; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
If the sacrifice is followed by a barbeque, I'm OK with it.


22 posted on 11/24/2009 9:07:23 AM PST by Slings and Arrows ("When France chides you for appeasement, you know you're scraping bottom." --Charles Krauthammer)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Well, they do use the hides and the meat, but gee whiz! Twenty thousand buffalo and 300,000 goats, sheep, and birds? It looks like a killing frenzy to me. Sometimes “peace-loving” people have to let out the rage and kill something, I guess.


23 posted on 11/24/2009 12:18:38 PM PST by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady

I agree with what you’re saying, but I still wish I had the cornbread concession.


24 posted on 11/24/2009 12:38:04 PM PST by Slings and Arrows ("When France chides you for appeasement, you know you're scraping bottom." --Charles Krauthammer)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Greedy capitalist. When you get the concession, include me in!


25 posted on 11/24/2009 12:55:14 PM PST by TheOldLady
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To: N. Theknow

Ouch! (nice pun though)


26 posted on 11/24/2009 6:15:38 PM PST by Redcitizen (Zartan for President 2012)
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To: Slings and Arrows

“the ritual sacrifice of two wild rats...”

Yep. BBQ sauce will disguise anything.


27 posted on 11/24/2009 6:17:18 PM PST by Redcitizen (Zartan for President 2012)
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