Skip to comments.More Than 200,000 Animals Slaughtered at Nepal Sacrifice Festival ["Barbaric" Hindu Ritual]
Posted on 11/24/2009 8:07:16 AM PST by Steelfish
More Than 200,000 Animals Slaughtered at Nepal Sacrifice Festival November 24, 2009
Nov. 24: A butcher prepares to slaughter a buffalo with his knife during a mass sacrifice ceremony at Gadhimai temple in Bariyapur, Nepal. Hundreds of thousands of Hindus gathered at a temple in southern Nepal on Tuesday for a ceremony involving the slaughter of more than 200,000 animals, a festival that has drawn the ire of animal-welfare protesters.
A Nepalese minister said it was the largest sacrificial slaughter of animals in the world.
Animal rights groups and activists including the actress Brigitte Bardot have condemned the event, which takes place every five years in the Nepalese village of Bariyarpur, Sky News reported.
But Nepal's government says it will continue with the "centuries-old tradition" and will deploy armed police to keep the peace, Sky News reported.
Protests have occurred in recent weeks in towns near the Gadhimai temple and in the capital Katmandu by animals rights activists and other religious groups. However, Hindu organizers refused to halt the slaughter saying it was a centuries-old tradition.
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Do they eat them?
“People have deep faith in the goddess and they believe that sacrificing animals will bring them good luck and prosperity for their families,” said Mangal Chaudhary Tharu, a priest at the Gadhimai temple, according to Sky News.
More than 200,000 buffaloes, goats, chickens and pigeons will be killed Tuesday and Wednesday at the temple in the jungles of Bara district, about 100 miles south of Katmandu, to honor the Hindu goddess Gadhimai.
“Thousands of terrified buffaloes will have their heads cut off by drunken devotees,” said Bardot, according to Sky News.
Yeah, when they sober up from the high of slaughtering them.
All that matters is if they use Hickory or Mesquite.
Hey Bardot, slaughtering more babies is OK though, right?
i wonder how many cows/chicken/pig did china slaughter today, with 1.5 billion ppl to feed
I notice that here in the States the Grand Alliance of the Oppressed still contains nary a hint of disharmony, however.
Are you saying Bardot is pro-abortion? (Or, the euphemism they use, pro-choice.)
But man, those are some bony looking animals. I am glad I live here...for now.
I wonder what the West Coast freaks who embrace Eastern religions think of this. LOL!!!!
Years ago I distinctly remember her marching with feminazis at an abortion rally.
Fire up the grill!
While it may shock the sensibilities, it is not out of the norm for a defined religion. We Christians recognize Christ as the ultimate sacrifice (Paschal Lamb) and no longer need to sacrifice an animal for the remision of our sin. Once the Jewish Temple is restored in Jerusalem, animal sacrifice will be reinstated.
The remnant of the Samartians in Israel still perform animal sacrifice rituals.
Are they going to eat them all ???
Then its not barbaric...
Please forgive my ignorance here, but . . .
I thought Hindus believe that their gods inhabit animals and that they consider them diety, and that’s why they don’t eat them, even to the point of losing harvested grain to rats.
If Hindus worship cows, how do they justify animal sacrifice?
Seems to be a disconnect here, and more than a little hypocrisy.
Or maybe it’s just that I don’t understand.
Quite true, but they were never allowed on the Temple grounds...
Hmmm. Animal sacrifice. A belief that you’re eating magic animals, which will then protect you.
Yes, I can see why Christianity is the religion of choice for mocking in the media. All the other religions are too logical to be good candidates for derision.
There are a lot of sects within the Hindu religion. IIRC, it is the Jain sect that reveres all animals, to the point of allowing rats into the grain and wearing masks to prevent accidentally inhaling insects.
As to worshiping cows, according to my Hindu wife, they don’t “worship” cows, per se, they just revere them as givers of life through milk etc, and therefore don’t normally eat them. Further, this ceremony is taking place in Nepal, not India proper, so their beliefs are no doubt different from mainstream Hindus.
Lets start a fundraiser to purchase tickets for all members of PETA to go over their and protest against these “barbaric” practices. One way, of course. Hopefully, the Hindus will agree that humans and animals are equal and sacrifice the PETA people, too.
We, on the other hand, will kill tens of millions of turkeys for our annual Thanksgiving celebration and 35 million + cattle every year ... I'm not seeing a problem here.
Mmmmm ... meat
The breakfast of champions.
And we Americans do all this to gain favor with the gods, right? No, wait...of course we don’t. We do it to consume our daily bread.
I don’t have a problem with what they’re doing either. Their animals, their country, their religion, their rules. But don’t try to equate America with them.
I consume a lot of beef. I don’t believe it has any magical properties, no matter how I prepare it. I’ll be smoking a turkey for Thanksgiving...I doubt it will bring me any favors from the gods. So what we do isn’t precisely what they’re doing, now is it?
Bacon, on the other hand, does possess magical properties.
...all animals are not equal.
There are holy animals (cows) and not-so-holy animals (rabbits and pigeons).
I’ve read the Bible twice. King James version.
You should have kept reading, you’d have gotten to the part where animal sacrifice was forbidden.
And none of that has anything to do with anything, because as we both know animal sacrifice hasn’t been a part of European Christian culture since, well, ever. European Pagans, yes. Anyone even remotely connected with America...absolutely not.
So these people are sacrificing animals, today...in the belief that it will bring them favor from the gods and protection from the spooksesess.
Like I said...the only reason leftists/the media make Christians their object of ridicule is because all the other religions are just too logical. Right?
Set up another straw man, and I’ll tear him down.
Down here in Texas, we call it a "Tailgate Party". We don't do pigeons, though. We pretty much limit the BBQ to beef, chicken, and pork.
Bacon has made a lot of mass materialize on my body, so perhaps it is magical.
So they slaughter animals and eat them, but do so at a temple instead of a slaughterhouse. What’s the big deal.
These animal rights activists, who no doubt are also global warmists, would prefer us to just get rid of all these animals, instead of raising the, feeding them, giving them a good life, and then slaughtering and eating them.
Would animals have more “rights” if you just got rid of most of the flocks and herds? Do slaughtered birds and animals have a worse end than animals in the wild who die of cold and starvation?
I don’t understand what you mean when you write that “all the other religions are just too logical.” Are you being sarcastic? Or do you mean that Christianity is not “logical” to unregenerated minds? Or do you mean that Christianity is utter foolishness? I’m having a hard time discerning what you’re saying.
I think what’s revolting here is not the consumption of animal meat but as a mass slaughter (pigeons included) done to appease the legendary gods.
200,000 animals killed for a Hindu ritual. That’s about 2.8 million fewer than what the HSUS kills a year for no reason at all other than they can’t adopt them out and they don’t wish to spend any more money on them.
Well, as a Christian I think of Hinduism as a false religion. But I would prefer to convert them rather than condemn them.
The God Who is worshipped by Jews and Christians demanded sacrifices in the Temple, until the time of Jesus. These were sacrifices. Joseph and Mary presented Jesus at the Temple, where a dove or pigeon was sacrificed for him.
Most biblical commentators would see this as typological. From the time of the Exodus, the Passover substituted a lamb for the firstborn son. It was slaughtered and eaten, and the blood was smeared on the doorposts. This was seen as a substitute for human sacrifice, going back to the story of Abraham and Isaac.
Christians ended the practice when Jesus became the One sufficient sacrifice for all. And Jews ended the practice when the Temple was destroyed, although they still celebrate Passover—the meal on which the Last Supper was modeled.
So, yes, the Hindus are following a false religion. But it’s not as far out as all that to think that God, or the gods, want sacrifices. That was pretty much a universal idea in almost all major religions.
I got further details from my wife at lunch: The “Hindus” in this article are essentially Buddhists, and do eat beef, so the sacrifice is not inconsistent with their beliefs, though it is not a part of true Hindu worship.