“Oh! Look see how cute that goat is” said my friend as we bounced over dodgy roads in a rickshaw. Yes, the goat was unusual black with speckled ears. He and another goat were being led to their sacrificial alter.
Tonight I hear the plaintive bleating of a goat not too far away, piercing the stillness of the night. The bulls that cried out last night are quiet now. I dread tomorrow morning when much as I try to shut it out, I will hear the thump on the wooden blocks as sacrifices are made. The look of pain and anguish in the eyes of the animals on death row will haunt me for a long time.
“Sabbe sankhara dukkhati – Yada pannaya passati
Atha nibbindati dukhe – Esa maggo visuddhiya.”
“All conditioned things are painful – when with wisdom this one realizes, then is one repelled by this misery; this is the path to purity.” — The mirror of Dhamma by the venarables Narada Maha Thera and Kassapa Thera; re-edited 1975 by The venerable Kassapa Thera.
See also: Sacrificial appeasement of gods