THE BLOOD BATH – Mass Animal Sacrifice at Nepal’s Gadhimai Festival

The ceremony began with prayers in a temple by tens of thousands of Hindus before dawn. 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.

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. It will take many more years before there are changes in these deeply rooted traditions.

Right now – Easter week-end – thousands of beautiful animals in Nepal and India are busy just being themselves – oblivious to the fate that will befall them when this butchery of madness takes place in November 2014. Please share this everywhere! 
These blood thirsty and cowardly killers are so pleased with themselves – so intent on pleasing Gadhimai – so ignorant – so without a moral compass – so godless.
This happens because animals have no “rights” and people are so convinced of their superiority that they are devoid of compassion and totally lacking in mercy. 
This is a spectacle of human insanity cleverly disguised as a religious celebration. We don’t need to wonder why there is war and killing and greed and dishonesty and cruelty – is this an accepted human behaviour? How could it be otherwise?

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