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Dasain 3: Keep Your Taxi Running Well

October 11, 2011

in Nepal

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Sacrificing a duck over a taxi engine.

 

 

The 9th day of Dasain is a time to bless machines or tools.This keeps them in good working order, helps avoid accidents and mishaps, and brings you success. Items commonly blessed include:

Tools
Knives
Guns
Drums
Musical instruments
Computers
Books
Refrigerators
Televisions
Radios
Bicycles
Motorcycles
Cars
Buses
Airplanes

I didn’t make a trip out to the airport to see if they are still smearing international flights with goat blood (like they did years ago), but I did come across the blessing of a taxi. Note the voice of a passerby off-screen to the right–he’s telling the taxi driver to put the blood on the engine block not just in front of the car. It’s classic Nepal that you’ll be killing a duck for worship, and someone will come along and tell you how you should be doing it better.

Video: Duck Sacrifice for Taxi

{ 1 comment }

Jane Poretsis October 21, 2011 at 5:58 am

Hi Richard!

Aaaargggh is all I have to say, been a vegan!

This all stems from the Rama’s victory over Ravana…and the spilling of victorious blood. But the origional concept of the Ramayana aka Valmiki…was good overcoming evil…and forgiveness. Unfortunately his origional work was much tampered with over the centuries by the Brahmin (religious/political leaders)…to cast a new meaning entirely.

Valmiki was essentially a vegan, anti-hunting, gambling and drinking….he loved and respected animals…and taught people to question the accepted philosophy and laws of the day (Indian Enlightenment)..the way you were taught to think…this obviously did not make him popular.

I think he would be shocked really….!

Totally un-necessary…maybe Valmiki’s origional…message of the Ramayana…could be revitalised here???

Best Regards
Jane

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