Sickened to my Soul
My partner just sent me this link. I had to sit for a very long time before reading it. I”m sickened and disgusted beyond words.
The Gadhimai Temple in Nepal just announced that due to pressure from “activists,” that they were ending the Gadhimai festival. This is a Hindu festival performed every five years at which thousands of animals are sacrificed. It’s not exactly clear from the article, but it sounds as though this may be a ban on sacrifice.
While I realize that many people are celebrating this, I’m sick to my soul. Devotional practice, proper adherence to ritual, and holy sacrifice have been dismissed as ‘superstition.’ To curry favor with the West, and in some misguided sense of altruism, the ancient rites of the Goddess Gadhimai have been interrupted. She has been denied Her due. The piety of 2.5 MILLION Hindus has been rendered meaningless.
Before you start celebrating, consider this and carefully consider all the implications:
World-wide NON-polytheist sensibilities have had direct and deleterious affect on polytheistic practice.
That to me is a HUGE problem. We should be mourning this. Better that the temple should close than water down its rites like this, especially to curry favor with Western opinion.
I hope the festival in 2019 doubles the sacrifices. I hope this year sacrifices spring up all throughout Nepal in Her name. Let the people find a way to honor their Goddess in the way that She requires. Let the blood of holy sacrifice flow and most of all, do NOT let the West, or any non-polytheist for one *minute* influence our practice.
My heart goes out to all the worshippers who promised Gadhimai offerings and are now forcibly forsworn. My heart goes out to all those who came to Nepal to perform proper veneration of their Goddess only to be spat upon by the very temple authorities that should be supporting them. A curse upon all those who thought it their right and their due to impinge upon these rites.
What’s next? which polytheistic tradition is going to garner the ire of the monotheist or secular majority next? Which one of our ways will the the target? More importantly, how will we respond when our turn comes?
EDIT: Jonathan Mertens posted a good recap of the situation here. I recommend reading it too.