• Short Summary

    Five hundred thousand people gathered in the Nepalese village of Bariyarpur Garhi, 130 miles (210 km) from Katmandu, on Wednesday 25 December) to witness the traditional religious festival which involves the slaughter of thousands of buffaloes.

  • Description

    Five hundred thousand people gathered in the Nepalese village of Bariyarpur Garhi, 130 miles (210 km) from Katmandu, on Wednesday 25 December) to witness the traditional religious festival which involves the slaughter of thousands of buffaloes. The festival is held every five years.

    The custom began 250 years ago... and in those days a human sacrifice was included.

    The sacrifice began with the death of white rat, a pigeon and a goat. The village headman slaughtered five baby buffaloes... and that was the signal for the seventy or so slaughtermen to begin. One report put the buffalo casualty rate as high as 10,000 beasts.

    This year's festival lasted a week and ended on 27 December.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAES1YIGPA6UAHYZIEVN7PHQ37E
    Media URN:
    VLVAES1YIGPA6UAHYZIEVN7PHQ37E
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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