This is an article published in the Sunday Leader about the mass slaughter of goats and chicken at the Arulmigu Sri Maha Bathrakaliyam Kovil in Munneswaram Chilaw on 25th August 2010. Some 300 goats and countless chickens were brought into slaughter, mainly carried or dragged in by children whose parents are under the mistaken idea that the goddess Kali will bless their children for this act. An eye witness mentioned that one child was slapped by his father for not wanting to watch the slaughter.
From being inside the place, I can safely say that this cannot be attributed to religion alone. For one, there were countless numbers of Bhuddists inside, demanding that the killings take place. One woman went to the extent of brandishing a knife at me when I tried to take a photograph. For another this is merely one sect of Kali worshippers and there are many sects in Hinduism, most who are completely vegetarian and do not endorse this kind of practice. Looking back at the history of sacrificial slaughters, it can also be noted that this is not a religious practice but more a cultural ritual. People do the most dastardly things under the guise of religion. The religion is not to blame – merely the people who seem to think they know how to practice it.
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