KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Officials at Nepal’s state-run airline have sacrificed two goats to appease Akash Bhairab, the Hindu sky god, following technical problems with one of its Boeing 757 aircraft, the carrier said Tuesday.
Wow, and the plane got better so it must work! Wonder if I could incorporate animal sacrifice in my veterinary practice? “God please take this goat I offer up and give life to this sheep….” Hmm, maybe not.
Am I wrong in thinking hinduism generally proscribes kiulling animals? I’m confused.
Then why are the Hindu restaurants I frequent all vegetarian - no chickens, no sheep, no goat, etc. ? Maybe they don’t know they can serve non-cows. I’ll check the Indian restaurants I go to that DO serve mammals and chickens to learn their religion.
Hindus don’t have to be vegetarian but I think many of them choose to avoid meat, believing it involves them in the “cycle of death”, which is kharmically detrimental. In vedic scripture there is also the law of noninjury, Ahinsa. This generally prohibits injuring others and many extend this to animals.
I’m fairly sure the cow is sacred to all hindus so will generally not be found on the menu!
I’m new to these boards so I guess I’ll also take the opportunity to say hi!
Ya know, that’s a good question. Write that down and maybe you can ask him when you get to heaven. Just kidding.
I don’t entirely understand, but primative people believed if they sacrificed something- be it human or animal- it would appease the god(s). Then they would turn around and eat the body and drink the blood, thus communion. I don’t have a real answer to your question, but I can take it further and ask what does god have against virgins, children, lambs, his “own son”? Virgins were sacrificed to the volcano gods, Isaac was almost a child sacrifice, and Jephtha killed his daughter as a sacrifice, then as the ultimate sacrifice, God decided, “OK I’m tired of this. I’ll just make a son and kill him.” The problem is, whether X-ians know it or not is that they are still crucifying people by their words and actions, plus they play judge when supposedly God is to be judge. What’s up with all of that?
To me, all they do is prove my point that God didn’t sacrifice or kill anyone… Humans did it. Just as they wrote the Bible. So when you get down to it, I think the question should be: what do humans have against goats?
I suspect sacrifice is related to the idea that if you give up something of value to a god, they will recognize it as a genuine sacrifice and be more inclined to give you what you want than if you offer something that doesn’t cost you anything. Domestic animals would be valuable in pastoral and agricultural societies, so willingly giving one away could be seen as showing the sincerity of one’s commitment. It is easy to imagine, then, how such an act could become standardized and remain long after the original rationale had vanished.
Hindus very often eat meat - go to your local curry house and you will find plenty of chicken and lamb curries on the menu. I’ve never understood why there are beef curries, but I think they must be just an English dish like chicken tikka massala and baltis.