(GUARDIAN) — The world’s biggest animal sacrifice began in Nepal today with the killing of the first of more than 250,000 animals as part of a Hindu festival in the village of Bariyapur, near the border with India.
The event, which happens every five years, began with the decapitation of thousands of buffalo, killed in honour of Gadhimai, a Hindu goddess of power.
PID COMMENT: What an interesting confluence of events. The Indian PM Singh is visiting the White House today. As the ‘first official’ state visitor since Obama’s inauguration, Singh is being feted with a fancy state dinner. On the other side of the world in neighboring Nepal, blood runs in honor of a Hindu goddess. Curious. Don’t forget this story from November 2008:
New Delhi, Nov 5 (IANS) — Lal Baba was one of the priests who performed here in June elaborate prayers of a Hanuman idol, later sent to Barack Obama for good luck in the elections. On Wednesday, as Obama became the first African American president of the US, Baba was one of the many who hailed his historic win.”It’s his good luck. The gods have blessed him,” a smiling Baba told IANS at the famed Hanuman temple on Baba Kharak Singh Marg in the heart of the capital.
After photographs of Obama’s good luck charm of a “tiny monkey god”, apparently representing Hanuman, were splashed across the media, Hanuman devotees were so impressed that they decided to present him a 15-kg, gold-plated Hanuman idol. It was presented to Carolyn Sauvage-Mar, chairwoman of the group, Democrats Abroad-India.
Brij Mohan Bhama, the leader of the group, had then said: “Obama’s victory will be good for India. He seems to be a devotee of Hanuman.” [Emphasis PID]
Some have speculated that if Obama holds to any religion, it could be Hinduism. We’re not making a claim one way or the other, just pointing out a curious coincidence.