Monday, July 19, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Tradition comes full circle at this village

Tradition comes full circle at this village

Devaraj B Hirehalli

First Published : 17 Jul 2010 09:50:29 AM IST

Last Updated :

TUMKUR: Does time change in the form of a circle? Einstein would have
been baffled at this question. But, it is a truth of sorts at
Shettikere, Kunigal taluk.

Animal sacrifice was an age-old tradition at the village. As time
changed, the practice was given up. But now, it is back to square one.
Caste Hindus ensured that the practice has resumed.

They argued that dalits should resume the sacrifice of male buffaloes
to the village deity Maramma so that it would keep the people in

Last year, the caste Hindus had brought dalits from the neighbouring
Teradakuppe village to sacrifice animal as the locals had not obliged.

On Tuesday last, the upper caste people split the local dalits over
the issue and tutored some of them to resume the age-old tradition.
They identified one Ganga Narasaiah to be the butcher and handed him a
male buffalo.

The tipsy butcher who was trying to catch the buffalo for the
sacrifice was gored by the animal and he ultimately fell into an
abandoned well.

He got his ribs broken and sustained severe injuries and was admitted
to a hospital in Bellur. However, the upper caste people managed to
get the animal sacrificed on the outskirts of the village and spared
the head and corpse of it to the dalits.

For ages, dalits used to sacrifice buffalo to the village's deity for
the simple reason that they would get the flesh of it. Educated dalits
not only opposed it, but managed to get it stopped. They even
installed a deity of their own in a thatched hut to detach from the
buffalo-wanting' deity.


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