Inhumane rituals practiced in Kathmandu where goats are torn alive

The world is full of bizarre cultures and customs. While they may seem perfectly logical for when they were started, they’re creepy as per today’s standards. Nepal is no stranger to weird traditions either. From celebrating festivals honoring various animals to the strangest of superstitions, Nepal is a world on its own.

A sacrificial goat tossed into the pond to be torn alive

Making headlines these days is the Khokana Jatra that locals have believed to be celebrating for over 900 years. This festival is observed by the Newar community of Khokana but people around the country are resenting it lately. A sacrificial goat is tossed in the pond where men jump in and start tearing it to pieces, until it loses its life. Witnessing such an event taking place on a yearly basis, some people have started a petition to stop this.  Locals however disagree to putting an end to this age old tradition stating the reason behind should be understood.

The Untold Truth

There are legends, stories explaining how this practice came to be. Discussions about this inhumane culture on social media, has made quite an impact. That is why, some people went on to explain the real reason why this tradition was started in the first place. Early officials faced drought problems once the monsoon season was over. So they devised a plan to invite local men to stomp on the pond waters making the mud underneath soft and slurry. They tossed in a goat because mutton is considered a delicacy. Most people could not afford this priced meat so they were allowed to tear off as much as they could.

Men grab a sacrificial goat as part of Khokana Jatra

It’s pretty skeptical. Officials could have sacrificed livestock beforehand or better yet, tossed coins in the pond. The explanations given by locals are just beyond justified. Sacrifice is a common practice in Nepalese, especially Hindu culture. But being torn alive is the worst fate even for a sacrificial animal. Just because it is a culture since centuries does not mean we can act like barbarians. Sati Pratha was a culture too but we eradicated it because it was too inhumane.  No matter what the mindset of our ancestors was like, we should think and act keeping right and wrong in our minds. Even though cultural significance is an important aspect for our identity, we hope we don’t see such savage acts anymore.