Nepal, Karma, Animal Murder, And Introspection

The earthquake in Nepal has focused attention on one of the most horrific practices of animal sacrifice in the world.

Many animal activists see a karmic connection between the earthquake and the blood lust of the Gadhimai Festival (in which hundreds of thousands of animals are brutally hacked to death in an orgy of killing which makes slaughterhouses seem kind in comparison).

If karma were to operate to avenge the deaths of animals, the US would be leveled.

We murder more animals than does any country.

Karma is as bogus a belief as is belief in the Hindu goddess Gadhimai.

I recently published and article entitled Karma in Nepal?, in which I proposed (rather wishfully) a strategy to reduce or eliminate the carnage through a campaign to convince the Nepalese killers that the earthquake was the result of a displeased Gadhimai, the mythical goddess to whom they dedicate their animal genocide.

As the killing spree is the product of religious fanaticism and ignorance, using that same religious fanaticism and ignorance to end the cruelty is more than justified, albeit disingenuous.

The US and most Western nations murder animals at rates several orders of magnitude beyond the number killed in Nepal.

Slaughter in the West is profit-driven. Slaughter in the Gadhimai Festival and other religious events (notably in Islamic societies) are superstition-driven.

It is impossible to impact the slaughter under capitalism with public relations campaigns. Nothing short of revolution will end the slaughter in the US and other capitalist countries.

However, where slaughter is the product of superstition and ignorance, there is the possibility of that same ignorance working to the advantage of animals. If ignorant killers can be convinced that killing is not serving some make-believe purpose, they would have no reason to continue it.

Or if they could be convinced that natural disasters which befall them (as in the earthquake)were occasioned by their mistreatment and killing of innocent animals, they would likely abandon the cruelty.

The root cause of all superstition-driven slaughter is religion.

It is also the root cause of animal slaughter in the West, where adherents to Christianity and Judaism buy into the biblical doctrine of dominion, with the resultant insensitivity to animal suffering. The doctrine of human dominion over animals is the single biggest obstacle to ending animal exploitation and slaughter. It pervades most capitalist countries and enables the oligarchy to continue the Animal Holocaust, which claims 60 billion lives every year.

Campaigns to convince Christians that Jesus was vegan or that God wanted us to be vegans are examples of campaigns that try to play on preconceived notions rather than trying to debunk them.

If they work, I applaud them. I don’t care why people refrain from hurting animals, so long as they do.

Obviously it would be better in the long term for people to embrace empathy rather than hocus-pocus, but we do what we can.

Religion is the enemy of animals.
It is the enemy of people.
And it must be opposed and exposed wherever and whenever possible. Failing that, we should do whatever necessary to convince people that their gods are not happy about slaughter.

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8 thoughts on “Nepal, Karma, Animal Murder, And Introspection

  1. Karma are negative or positive causes you make when you speak , think or act. Yes, they brutally killed those animals. It the earthquake was the effect from this horrorible actively , it could be . If it was not , they already have this negative cause in their life and it will manifest now or in the future. Nobody escape from this cause and effect law. Although , this action in name of their religion did not protect them. Animals were killed for nothing. Animals were killed for a blind religious. I’m glad I’m Vegan.

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  2. The Gadhimai (mela) festival.
    The history of this bloodthirsty and gory spectacle originated when ethnic ‘Tharuwan’ ‘Bhagwan Chaudhary’ (Chaudhary = leader) a feudal landlord imprisoned in Makwanpur fort prison Nepal during the 18th century when he dreamed that all his problems would be solved if he made a blood sacrifice to Gadhimai (one of the many ‘avatars’ of the deity Kali aka Kalika). Immediately upon his release from prison he took counsel with a local village healer whose descendant ‘Dukha Kachadiya’ had started the ritual the day before with drops of his own blood from five parts of his body. Apparently, a light then ‘appeared’ in an earthenware jar and from this the sick bloodletting sacrifice ritual began.
    The animals are slaughtered as offerings to appease the goddess ‘Gadhimai’ with her ‘belief’ desire for blood-spilling; in return it is believed that she will grant her devotees health, wealth and prosperity.
    The ‘Gadhimai festival’ is based on nothing other than the combination of a no less than average meaningless dream and an optical light delusion to ‘supposedly’ one of the number of avatars of the mythical divine ‘Kali’ that can’t be located within any dated Vedic (Hindu religious) scripts – or otherwise.
    Footnote:
    If the flesh or any other parts of the sacrificed animal is made available for human use – then the point of sacrificing animals as offerings to believed divine beings becomes futile and worthless towards their belief concepts.
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    ‘Tharu’ (often call ‘Madhesi/Madheshis/Madyadesi to their displeasure) animal sacrifices (pujä carhainä):
    These particular beliefs and practices are occasionally ratified through dreams, visions or trances in which the deities and/or ancestral spirits will direct the ritual ‘sorcerer’ within the practices of the occult as how to proceed. – Family members will also often sacrifice animal’s blood as to appease the deities. Many Tharu will also use the blood of one of the male members within the family for such rituals; these rituals are performed through ceremonies and superficial cuts are made within the forehead, arms, throat, legs and chest.
    The deities (considered by the ‘Tharus’ to be forest dwellers) are believed to have the ability to heal sicknesses and diseases and the deities are given a ‘bhakal’ (a promise of something) on condition that the sickness and diseases are cured. The ‘Tharus’ believes that the sickness or diseases are introduced when the deities are displeased and the ‘demons’ are at work.

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    • Thank you for the historical explanation. As Roland indicates, a superstitious belief in hocus-pocus can reconcile one to almost any atrocity. However, such supernatural beliefs can sometimes benefit animals. The fact that animals have, in the past, been largely better treated in societies where Buddhism and Hinduism hold sway than in western societies based on capitalism, secular humanism, or scientific socialism testifies to that. And the black crimes of vivisection were all the result of rejecting religion and any sort of ethical constraints it might impose in favor of no-holds-barred scientism. So, religion per se is not the fountainhead of all evil.

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      • The Hindu religion is a ‘Karmic’ based religion and although I acknowledge the fact that animal sacrifice is not of the mainstream Hindu doctrine but purely a ‘tribal offshoot’ of Hinduism. Nevertheless, while some none Hindus may consider it simply bad luck with Mother Nature’s acts. With Hinduism earthquakes, like lightening strikes etc, will be classified as bad ‘Karma’ right across their religious board without exceptions; whereas the Gadhimai heads and devotees will surely be pondering amongst themselves as to where they went wrong 2014 with the Gadhimai animal sacrifice ritual for to upset their deities. Did they not sacrifice enough animals this time around from the estimated 2009 300.000 count to the only estimated 200,000 2014 figure, – or were their deities really making a point to them, ‘enough is enough’, thus to the extent of leaving the Gadhimai heads and devotees of either proposing to exceed the animal sacrifice count back to 300,000 – or simply knocking the Gadhimai ‘event’ completely on its head, I see no middle ground 2019 consequently to Hindu based Karmic beliefs.

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