Lessons from Nepal 1
Nepalese temple authorities have announced they will end a centuries-old Hindu tradition of mass animal slaughter that attracts hundreds of thousands of worshippers every 5 years. They stated: “For generations, pilgrims have sacrificed animals to the Goddess Gadhimai, in the hope of a better life. For every life taken, our heart is heavy. The time has come to transform an old tradition. The time has come to replace killing and violence with peaceful worship and celebration. Our concern has been this: how do we convince the people, so desperate for the favour of Gadhimai, that there is another way?”
If there is a way to end a religious tradition that is centuries old, surely there is a way to end a cut-throat economic practice that is less than 50 years old.
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