Saturday, October 3, 2009

Dasara

Last weekend our Nepalese Gurkhas celebrated Dasara, the Indian holiday of the triumph of good over evil. Starting on Friday, we were witness to an animal sacrifice. This is done by means of taking the Gurkha knife (Kukri), and with one stroke, well, you get the picture. Now, it’s said to be bad luck not to do it with one stroke. Not sure if the dude on Friday was new, but it took two to complete the sacrifice. An audible groan could be heard by those present.
Saturday the ceremony was repeated, but none on Sunday. On the last day, Monday, the holiday culminated with a ceremony of putting crushed flowers on the forehead, during which prayers of long life and happiness are spoken by the leader. They let us participate, which was an honor. Then three goats were lined up and three strokes later they were preparing kabobs.

Video available upon request when I get home.



















6 comments:

  1. Sorta glad I was able to sit this one out I have to admit. I wanted to thank you for the bracelets. They fit perfectly and I love them. Thanks so much, and as always stay safe until you return home to your family.

    PussDaddy

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  2. You should be pretty well set though, considering you got crushed flowers on your head and stuff.

    PussDaddy

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  3. Congratulations...
    My father, who ran away at 15 to join WW2, had nothing but praise for the fierceness of both the Nepalese and Indian Gurkhas. He was a great respecter of other cultures, and I am glad to see that respect still breeds respect...

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  4. How have you been Steve?? You look good with the red forehead!! I just read in the news paper that a woman in an Afghan Police Uniform shot and killed two soldiers. The story made me want to check in and see how you were. Hope everything is going well and the family is doing well. Be careful buddy.

    Sully

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  5. that's the straggliest goat I ever saw!! sure hope they seasoned him well.the customs in other cultures sure are amazing. Miss you and love you. Stay Safe

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