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Nepal devotees sacrifice thousands of animals in Hindu ritual

General November 28, 2014

Butchers raise their swords while performing rituals before the sacrificial ceremony of the "Gadhimai Mela" festival held in BariyapurBy Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Sword-wielding Hindu devotees in Nepal began slaughtering thousands of animals and birds in a ritual sacrifice on Friday, ignoring calls by animal rights activists to halt what they described as the world's largest such exercise. More than 80 percent of Nepal's 27 million people are Hindus, but unlike most of their counterparts in neighboring India, they frequently sacrifice animals to appease deities during festivals. Authorities deployed hundreds of police personnel to make sure there were no clashes between activists and the devotees. …


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