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Twenty-six chickens were mysteriously beheaded at a North Pole chicken coop this week. Then things got weird...
"There's no sign of the heads," Peters said. "They took the heads with them."
The carcasses had been laid out in a roughly 12- to 15-foot line on the ground with a circular arrangement of corpses at one end, in something of a lollipop pattern
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The sacrifice appears to be a ritual related to Santeria. In this case, it was a chicken that was beheaded.
Santería is a system of beliefs that merge the Yoruba religion (brought to the New World by slaves imported to the Caribbean to work the sugar plantations) with Roman Catholic and Native American traditions. These slaves carried with them various religious traditions, including a trance for communicating with their ancestors and deities, animal sacrifice and sacred drumming.
In Cuba, this religious tradition has evolved into what we now recognize as Santería. In 2001, there were an estimated 22,000 practitioners in the US alone, but the number may be higher as some practitioners may be reluctant to disclose their religion on a government census or to an academic researcher.
Paul Katz, National Central University
While an impressive body of research has been undertaken on the judicial aspects of the Chinese underworld, as well as Chinese legal history, few scholars have paid attention to the ways in which China’s chthonic deities (especially the City God, the Emperor of the Eastern Peak, and the Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha) also administered justice for the living in their own temples. In this paper, I undertake a preliminary study of divine justice in Taiwan during the Japanese Occupation era (1895–1945) by examining various chicken-beheading rituals (zhan jitou) staged at local temples to chthonic deities. We are fortunate in that the Japanese ethnographers and officials recorded some performances of these rites, and much of my analysis will be based on these accounts. In addition, I also explore the links between chicken-beheading rituals and ancient rites such as blood oaths (xuemeng). The paper concludes by considering the ways in which these rituals both reflected and attempted to cope with social or psychological tensions, as well as their theoretical significance for scholars of Chinese and world religions.
I’ve heard stories about animal offerings taking place in the streets of Hoboken.
Today, over at 13th & Madison St., a decapitated chicken lies in a pool of it’s own blood (and next to it’s head). The feet were bound.
Was this missed opportunity for a delicious chicken sandwich a Santería ritual
There's a chicken killer loose in North Pole. He doesn't use a knife.
There used to be 29 white chickens living in a backyard coop in a pretty neighborhood shaded by spruce trees 20 minutes south of Fairbanks. Today, there are three chickens left, understandably traumatized by the carnage they witnessed.
Originally posted by wylekat
My question; How did they do this without waking every last person in a 3 mile radius???? Chickens do NOT go quietly into the night!