After much deliberation and discussion, the location of the Staff Picnic was finally decided – Dakshinkali Temple. It’s located about 20km southwest of Kathmandu but because we are located in Banepa, and picked up many of the staff along the way, the journey took us about 4 hours from SIRC. It’s a Hindu pilgrimage location and is dedicated to the goddess Kali. Animal sacrifices, particularly roosters and goats are the main way that the goddess is worshipped, Because our staff are not Hindu for the most part, I thought the goat accompanying us on the picnic was just along for the fun. Not! The following set of pictures tells the story, squeamish eyes can look away.
Warning for the squeamish. You’ll notice the men do all the cooking at the picnic, the women still prepare the veggies however!
I was so stressed taking all these shots, I forgot completely I had video capabilities on my camera, then you would have heard the roaring and cheering going on in the background.
A few of us went to the temple so I missed the whole butchering of the goat. Thankfully really. I guess taking out the insides too. I have no idea where they went. All I know is the goat meat (bones, head and eyes also included) were ready for adding to the curry sauce made by the guys when we returned.
I must admit I could not bring myself to eat the goat curry. Having seen the live animal, I just could not get his slaughter out of my mind. I’m a city slicker at heart. I thought I did rather well to document the slaughter itself …. many of you know how squeamish I am! Sinead – you would have been in your element girl!
Sorry no photos allowed in the temple but I did witness two further goat slaughters as well as a rooster slaughter. I think I am now immune to the whole concept. To be pure, we were in our bare feet so I also had to get over the flow of blood swimming around my feet until we could step outside and use a hose to wash our feet with water. I tell ya, I am unsure if I want to repeat this experience!
And now to give you a taste of how the SIRC staff like to party – and not a drop of alcohol anywhere! It was a fun day :-). A few photos below, as well as a short movie (hit link) of the dancing that was so enjoyed. The song is a hit record in Nepal currently, called Slowly Slowly. It’s from a popular movie.