I am placing this thread in the Fragile Earth forum as to be quite honest I have not got a clue where else I could put it?
Beforehand I would like to warn certain members that there are Images (although not graphic) which may be of a shocking nature.
I don't know if many of you know about this event so if not, here I go :
Cultural differences aside, I have to admit that I was more than shocked when I discovered this so called "tradition" :
Pigs of God is a controversial Taiwanese festival and contest where pigs that have been force-fed for years are publicly slaughtered, then put on
floats and paraded through the city streets.
The origins of this gruesome event aren’t very clear, but while some say it’s part of the religious beliefs of the Hakkas, an ethnic group with a
population of over four million in Taiwan, animal rights activists claim that in the last few decades it has become a simple meaningless contest used
by families to show off their wealth and power. They are currently fighting for the banning of a clear form of animal cruelty, and the substitution of
real pigs with ones made of dough, rice or flowers.
It really isn't that far back in history when we were sacrificing young virgins.....not that this is progress.
Ritualistic killing seems to release an almost super-natural energy. I've been trying to figure out what that 'power' is for a long time now.
When did these rituals start? And why? Who figured out that they hold such significance?
I'm actually kinda speechless. Had to look at the images a few times to be sure they were real. That's just awful. However,the flip side of this is
that we have large scale operations feeding every kind of farm animal that can be slaughtered and served up for us. To snub my nose at the rituals of
another culture is hypocritical. I will say though,that I feel very sorry for the pigs. I imagine the conditions they are raised in are not just as
terrible as any mass raised pork in the western world,but they endure it for much longer to get that massive size. I doubt they can move,breathe
properly,and likely defecate and urinate all over themselves,unable to move away from it. Whether cultural or religious that makes us think it is ok
to do this to animals....we suck.
I can't believe that these are real pigs.
I am living in a small village with a few pig farms, but I have never seen something even remotely close to this, this looks just so absurd.
How can the skin not tear appart?
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