Just watched the excellent Netflix documentary: Virunga. Highly recommend the film. This incredible National Park in the Congo is not so much threatened by religion as by the flow of oil, which means the flow of money. Then again, I suppose we could say oily money is one of our modern gods?
Then, once again, as another slaughter season begins, I get to read this bloody article on the sacrifice of animals in Nepal.
Half a million animals beheaded to give an orgasm to Gadhimai, Hindu goddess of power. Lovely.
The people carrying out this brutal sacrifice are farmers and factory workers, all hoping that this bloodshed will bring them prosperity from the Hindu goddess Gadhimai. The sights and sounds are unimaginable. Pools of blood, animals bellowing in pain and panic, wide-eyed children looking on, devotees covered in animal blood, and some people even drinking blood from the headless but still warm carcasses.
So, let’s do the murdering math for the gods (I’ll round off the numbers just for the sheer joy):
-Millions of calves have their heads cut off for a Goddess.
-Millions of goats cut open for Allah (recently).
-Millions of chickens hacked apart for Yahweh (recently).
-Millions of birds and hogs and cattle chopped up for the American Holiday God.
-Millions of trees cut down for the Baby Bethlehem God.
-And let’s not forget the millions of animals poached for Folk Medicine Spirits.
Any others you can think of?
I would recommend that we all Give Shelter to Living Things in this season of “love and joy and light.”
It seems the Gods we humans love to please so much Really Don’t Like Animals!
(oh, and I would invest in an anti-drone weapon of some sort, since we know thousands of these will fly out from under christmas trees this year to scare even more birds to death)